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The Golf Mk8 is an amazing hatchback with loads of tech, but is it too expensive for the segment?

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf is the eighth-generation of the iconic hatchback. Unveiled in Wolfsburg, Germany, the company’s home town, the 2020 Golf Mk8 shares the same MQB platform as the third-generation Audi A3 and Seat Leon. An evolutionary design on the outside, the 2020 Golf looks similar to its predecessor but employs more angular styling features similar to larger Volkswagen cars and SUVs. The interior is a notable departure from the old car and sports a more upscale design and fresh technology. Under the hood, the 2020 Golf continues to offer gasoline and diesel engines, but Volkswagen started using 48-volt systems and now offers a higher performance hybrid.

Arguably the most advanced vehicle in its class, the 2020 comes with a major drawback: it will be notably more expensive than the competition. Actually, there’s a good chance that the 2020 Golf will be only marginally cheaper than the Audi A3 Sportback, which could become a serious issue for the German automaker. What’s more, the 2020 Golf won’t be sold in the U.S. in base trim, as Volkswagen confirmed that only the GTI and R models will cross the pond to North America.

 

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2021 Volkswagen Golf R Variant By PS-Sattlerei

2021 Volkswagen Golf R Variant By PS-Sattlerei

Alcantara, carbon fiber and 560 horsepower transform the Golf R Variant into a real beast!

In Europe, the Volkswagen Golf is a very popular car: you can spot one at literally every corner! Well, at least the standard version, as when it comes to the GTI or the R versions things are a little bit different. Of course, that’s because there are not as many in production as the standard version.

This doesn’t mean though that the Golf R doesn’t enjoy a lot of attention, especially from tuners! Just recently, ABT Sportsline came with a pretty cool update kit for the Golf R hatch, and today is time to talk about an upgrade for the Golf R Variant.

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Watch The BMW M3 Make A Mockery Out Of The Volkswagen Golf R In A Series Of Straight-Line Races

Watch The BMW M3 Make A Mockery Out Of The Volkswagen Golf R In A Series Of Straight-Line Races

The Golf R looked like a joke going up against the BMW M3, which is quite surprising!

Drag races are fun when the cars involved in the race are closely matched and you don’t know which one’s going to win. They’re even more fun when they’re vastly different from each other, but make for a hell of a race. Or, sometimes the underdog snatches a win over the car expected to be the winner. However, there are some lopsided races once in a while, and this one between the BMW M3 Competition and the Volkswagen Golf R is one of them. Both the cars are known for their performance, but when they came face-to-face, it was a different story altogether.

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This 1,000 HP VW Golf R32 Is The Perfect Daily Driver

This 1,000 HP VW Golf R32 Is The Perfect Daily Driver

This ordinary-looking VW Golf R32 eats GT-Rs for breakfast

Cars.co.za seems to be the go-to YouTube channel when it comes to quality car content from South Africa. It’s always interesting to see how the car scene is in other regions of the world and this highly modified Mk V Volkswagen Golf R32 is a perfect example, as it is capable of making plenty of exotic cars cry on the drag strip.

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2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The new Mk.8 Volkswagen Golf GTI is better than ever

Volkswagen unveiled the eighth-generation Golf GTI and Golf R, at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. The new GTI packs a lot of features and, in our words, a new era of hot hatches has arrived. The Golf GTI competes with a few popular options in the segment, like Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai Veloster N.

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Watch The Lamborghini Urus Fight It Out Against The Audi TT-RS, The Porsche Cayman GT4, and The Volkswagen Golf R

Watch The Lamborghini Urus Fight It Out Against The Audi TT-RS, The Porsche Cayman GT4, and The Volkswagen Golf R

The Italian Bull tries to beat down its German rivals on the drag strip

Mat Watson and his team from ‘Carwow’ pit four very different vehicles against each other on the drag strip. The mix included a Lamborghini Urus, a Porsche Cayman GT4, an Audi TT-RS, and a Volkswagen Golf R. With the difference in size, shape, weight, and engine capacities, the race is quite unpredictable.

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2021 Volkswagen GTI BBS Concept

2021 Volkswagen GTI BBS Concept

It takes inspiration from the 1984 Golf GTI - the only GTI built in the States

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is a hot hatch and has been around the block for quite some time now. Although the company is gearing up for the 2022 Golf GTI, it has decided to look back and pay homage to the yesteryear Golf model – the 1984 GTI, to be specific – by fusing it with the latest generation. Volkswagen has teamed up with Philadelphia-based VW enthusiast Jamie Orr and created a concept that combines the best of the present and the past.

Volkswagen noted that the inspiration for this concept was an enthusiast-built Mk2 version of the GTI, which supplanted the only U.S.-built generation of the GTI in 1984. The goal was to highlight what has made the GTI special through the years.

The car retains the same stock drivetrain and as it is the most powerful Golf GTI ever. Even the interior was left as it is. For the retro touches on the exterior, Orr and his team decided to swap the wheels with a set of 19-inch BBS Super RS shoes that feature the iconic BBS waffle and hex pattern. They were shod in Delinte 235/35 D7 rubber.

The highlight, however, was the BBS retro red and black vintage livery with pinstriping running from all across the body. The car was even lowered, courtesy of H&R coilovers. The Borla exhaust from the Mk8 was retained as Orr was happy with it. Overall, this is a sweet build that mixes the retro touches on the new Golf GTI.

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Triple Bogey! Watch A Trio of VW Golfs Take On Each Other For An Ego Boost

Triple Bogey! Watch A Trio of VW Golfs Take On Each Other For An Ego Boost

It’s the Golf GTI vs GTD vs Clubsport on the drag strip

The folks at Carwow pit a Volkswagen triplet for a series of drag races. Three versions of the Golf – the GTI, the GTI Clubsport, and the GTD – faced each other on the drag strip. They all come with the same engine, same transmission, and same drive layout. However, different diet and power outputs are what makes this race interesting. Which Golf do you think will make a par, a birdie, and an eagle?

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Volkswagen Golf R MK8 by ABT - Making the Competition Irrelevant

Volkswagen Golf R MK8 by ABT - Making the Competition Irrelevant

ABT makes the Golf R way faster than the Civic Type R and on par with the AMG A45 S and Audi RS3

When Volkswagen revealed the Mk.8 Golf R, everyone was very impressed. The familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger was massaged to deliver 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque – a nice improvement of 27 horsepower and 30 pound-feet over the MK.7 Golf R. On top of this new Golf R brought the future with it thanks to some awesome high-end tech like that cool all-digital dashboard. In the end, the Golf became a formidable competitor for cars like the Honda Civic Type R, beating it out in almost every category except top speed, which it lost by 2 mph (167 mph vs. 169 when the Golf was equipped with the performance package.) But, what if this kind of performance isn’t enough? Wait, who am I kidding? This is TopSpeed, and it’s never enough. Well, I suppose it’s a good thing that ABT has our back, and even thought what I’m about to tell you is going to sound pretty awesome, it’s going to get better in the future too!

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Battle of Hot Hatches: Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Honda Civic Type R vs The Renault Megane Trophy

Battle of Hot Hatches: Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Honda Civic Type R vs The Renault Megane Trophy

Watch the Golf GTI, Civic Type R, and the Megane Trophy go up against each other in straight-line races

Carwow brought three hatches to a drag strip for a series of races. The contenders include a Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, a Honda Civic Type-R, and a Renault Sport Megane Trophy. These are some of the hottest front-wheel-drive hatches that money can buy you. What makes this race exciting is that one of them features a manual transmission. Which car do you think would win the ‘Trophy’ here?

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Battle Of The Diesels: Volkswagen Golf GTD vs Skoda Octavia vRS vs BMW 120d

Battle Of The Diesels: Volkswagen Golf GTD vs Skoda Octavia vRS vs BMW 120d

Can the BMW 120d waive off the VW combo of the Golf GTD and the Octavia vRS on the drag strip?

This time, the team at Carwow brought three diesel hatches and estates to race each other. The competitors were the Volkswagen Golf GTD, the Skoda Octavia vRS, and the BMW 120d. Heading into the race, the Golf GTD held the advantage over the others with strong specs and the lightest weight. But, will it be the same on the drag strip?

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Building the Ultimate Hot Hatch – Volkswagen's Mid-Engined, W-12 Golf GTI

Building the Ultimate Hot Hatch – Volkswagen’s Mid-Engined, W-12 Golf GTI

At one time, Volkswagen took the W-12 out of a Bentley Continental GT and crammed it into the cabin of a fifth-gen Golf GTI.

The Volkswagen Golf has been a mainstay in VW’s lineup since the Mk1 was introduced way back in 1974. Over nearly 50 years of history the Golf hasn’t changed a lot. Sure the body has changed, and the technology has be drastically improved as you’d expect, but it’s followed the same general recipe over all these years – it’s a compact hatchback (and wagon) that can be both economical and fun, the latter of which being true if you find yourself behind the wheel of a Golf GTi or Golf R. No Golf that VW has sold to the public even comes close to the level of cool that’s exuded by the car you see here: a mid-engined Golf GTI with the heart of a Bentley Continental GT. You want the definition of hot hatch? Well, this is it.

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Can The New VW Golf R Beat The Audi RS6 Avant On A Drag Strip

Can The New VW Golf R Beat The Audi RS6 Avant On A Drag Strip

The new Golf R is no joke, but the RS6 is one of the best-performing Audis you can buy today

The RS6 Avant needs no introduction. It is arguably the hottest daily driver that offers a perfect blend of performance and practicality. ‘Archie Hamilton Racing’ bought the wagon on a drag strip to pit it against Volkswagen’s reinvigorated hot hatch, the Golf R. It comes with improved power outputs, a new all-wheel-drive system, torque vectoring, front and rear locking differentials, and launch control, amongst other things. With all these accolades, can the four-pot turbocharged hatch beat the twin-turbo V-8 super wagon in straight-line races?

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You're Going To Like the New Volkswagen ID5 More Than the ID4

You’re Going To Like the New Volkswagen ID5 More Than the ID4

Volkswagen is coming up with a more stylish EV than the ID.4

Volkswagen recently announced the ID.4 GTX. With it, the German brand announced the beginning of its sporty EV lineup. What’s more important, however, is that during that same presentation, the new ID.5 was shown for the first time and with it, an ID.5 GTX was confirmed. This is the latest vehicle to utilize VW’s MEB platform for EVs. Moreover, the ID.5 will be a sleeker version of the ID.4. Think of it as an ID.4 Coupe.

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The Volkswagen Golf May Only Have One Generation Left Before Retirement

The Volkswagen Golf May Only Have One Generation Left Before Retirement

As crazy as it sounds, the Volkswagen Golf could soon find itself in retirement…. But why?

When Volkswagen introduced the new 2020 Mk.8 Golf, we got to feast eyes on the Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE, a blend of trims that pretty much covered every desire imaginable. Later we got to lay eyes on the 2021 VW Golf R and Golf GTI Clubsport. I don’t need to tell you why any of these models is special, but did you know that only the Golf GTI and Golf R are sold here in the United States? That’s right! Outside of these two models, the rest of the Golf lineup is a forbidden fruit. It might seem a little early to think about the next-gen Golf considering the 8th generation is still practically brand new, but will there be another generation? And, what happens after that? Well, with the way the automotive industry is changing, that’s a very good question.

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Does The 2021 VW Golf R Have In It To Beat The Mercedes-AMG A45 S?

Does The 2021 VW Golf R Have In It To Beat The Mercedes-AMG A45 S?

The A45 S has over 100 horses more, but the Golf R is no slouch

There are hatches, then there are hot hatches, and there are super hatches. We recently told you how the Mercedes-AMG A45 may have paved way for an entirely new segment, but it looks like it’s not sitting alone there. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R is on the AMG’s butt here and is a strong competitor to the latter. While it may not be as powerful, the Golf R managed to catch everyone by surprise when the folks at Carwow managed to do a 0-60 mph sprint in four seconds flat.

Now, they’ve pitted the two hatches against each other. Can the VW Golf R take down the Mercedes-AMG A45 S to claim bragging rights?

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0-60 MPH In 4 Seconds? That's Seriously the 2021 Volkswagen Golf R

0-60 MPH In 4 Seconds? That’s Seriously the 2021 Volkswagen Golf R

That’s in the stock form, without any aftermarket mods whatsoever

The Volkswagen Golf has been around for over four decades and is still one of the most popular hatches. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it has achieved legendary status. However, the company announced earlier this year that it retiring the car in the U.S. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t hear any more about it. In fact, we have some scoop right here. The 2021 Golf R came with a whole lot of performance enhancements included a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. But, Mat Watson of Carwow managed to do the run in four seconds flat!

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Volkswagen Golf MK4 - Everything You Need to Know About One of the Best, Most Boring Cars Ever Made

Volkswagen Golf MK4 - Everything You Need to Know About One of the Best, Most Boring Cars Ever Made

With millions of units sold worldwide and some love from a future Pope, this is everything you need to know about the VW Golf mark 4, one of the best AND most boring cars ever made.

I should know, I own one.

So stick around and read until the end to find out how Volkswagen managed to transform a cheap-ish hatchback into basically a premium compact car, paving the way for the luxuryfication of the whole brand. And if that isn’t a word, it is now. Also, it’s one of the best, cheap and most reliable second-hand cars you can buy today, with tons of parts available and easy servicing at home, so it’s got that going for it, I guess…

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This Volkswagen Golf Mk. 2 Puts Every Porsche On The Planet To Shame

This Volkswagen Golf Mk. 2 Puts Every Porsche On The Planet To Shame

A modified 90s hatchback shows Porsches how it’s done

When you think about compact cars with great tuning potential, 8 out of 10 people would probably think of the Honda Civic. However, in Europe, there’s another popular alternative – the Volkswagen Golf. A while back, a video was circulating around the internet where someone in a Nissan 350Z was chasing a Porsche 997 GT3. At the same time, a stock-looking Golf Mk1 came out of nowhere and embarrassed both the Z-car and the 911, without even a sweat. The Golf on the video is an Mk2 and it’s said to be the fastest on the Nurburgring.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wasn't The First Hot Hatchback By A Long Shot

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wasn’t The First Hot Hatchback By A Long Shot

We look back at early-day hot hatchbacks to find out who started this trend

Introduced in 1976 and produced continuously over eight generations as of 2021, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is arguably the world’s most famous and popular hot hatchback. The Golf GTI is often regarded as the world’s first hot hatch and the car that started it all, but it’s no true. There are at least four companies that unleashed performance-oriented hatchbacks before Volkswagen and this article will set the record straight.

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RTR Ford Mustang Spitfire vs. The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR DSG

RTR Ford Mustang Spitfire vs. The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR DSG

Power’s great, but it doesn’t paint the entire picture

You know it’s been a weird year when drag race videos have become the automotive equivalent of cat videos. It doesn’t matter which channel or publication rolls them out; we all love them the same. With so many of us opting to stay at home because of the COVID-19 virus, our thirst for drag race videos has given outlets like CAR Magazine enough reason to continue rolling them out.

The latest one-on-one throwdown pits a German hot hatch taking on a modified American muscle car. It’s not exactly a straightforward “rivals” drag race, but then again, these cross-segment matches have proven to be popular, in part because they’re the ones that come out with the most surprising results. Best believe it, too. This race between a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR and a Ford Mustang RTR will leave your jaws wide open.

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The 2021 Mazda3 Turbo Doesn't Back Down from the VW Golf R or Subaru WRX

The 2021 Mazda3 Turbo Doesn’t Back Down from the VW Golf R or Subaru WRX

Is the Mazda3 Turbo fast enough against the world’s best performance compacts?

The fourth-generation Mazda3 looks hotter than its predecessor, but it’s also available with a selection of updated SkyActiv engines. But the really big news is the 2.5 Turbo trim, which features a beefed-up 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts the Mazda3 into hot-hatchback territory. Much like the Mazdaspeed3 did more than 10 years ago. But is it powerful and fast enough to take on the market’s most popular performance compacts? The folks over at Throttle House hosted a three-way drag race to find out.

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2022 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

Is Volkswagen ready to give fast daddies a solution?

Performance and practicality are two words that rarely go together. More often than not we talk about the perfect compromise between the two, rather than the perfect blend. That doesn’t stop manufacturers from trying to give us the best performing version of a normal car.

Station wagons, in particular, seem to be making a comeback and currently, Volkswagen is rigorously testing a more practical version of its Golf R – the Variant. Regardless of which version we talk about, the people’s car from Germany has always been a good all-rounder, but does the Golf R Variant still has what it takes to compete?

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If You Thought Diesel-Powered Cars Were Slow, The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTD Has a Story For You

If You Thought Diesel-Powered Cars Were Slow, The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTD Has a Story For You

Is the Volkswagen Golf GTD a fast enough alternative for the Golf GTI?

Diesel cars have a bad reputation for being slow. And that’s because old diesel cars were indeed slow and this fuel type was usually associated with trucks and busses. Modern diesel cars are still somewhat slow compared to their gasoline counterparts, but there are a few notable exceptions. The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTD is one of them and this new video from Automann-TV reveals that it’s impressively fast.

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If You Thought the Volkswagen Golf R Was Great Before, The 2022 MK8 Will Blow Your Mind

If You Thought the Volkswagen Golf R Was Great Before, The 2022 MK8 Will Blow Your Mind

Increased power outputs, retuned suspension system, and an upgraded four-wheel-drive system

The Volkswagen Golf has been on the circuit for almost five decades now, but it is still as popular as ever. In recent times, it looked like Volkswagen is paying all the attention to strengthen its SUV portfolio, introducing a new model every year for the last four years in the States. This led to people assuming that the enthusiasts are left out to dry. However, the company re-instilled the faith by announcing the return of the Golf R after a small hiatus. Arriving as a 2022 model year, the new Golf R will be the most powerful Golf ever built!

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This Blend of Volkswagen and BMW Engineering is Downright Epic

This Blend of Volkswagen and BMW Engineering is Downright Epic

Someone converted a VW Golf to RWD and dropped a BMW V-8 under the hood. The result is insane!

The Volkswagen Golf is one of coolest hatchbacks out there, especially if it wears a "GTI" or an "R" badge. However, there’s one sports car feature you don’t get with a Golf. That’s rear-wheel drive.

The Golf has been a front-wheel-drive car since day one, even though some versions are offered with AWD. Ever wondered what’s it like to drive a rear-wheel-drive Golf? Well, someone from Finland converted a seventh-generation Golf to RWD and dropped a BMW engine under the hood.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport

Did Volkswagen just make the ultimate hot hatch?

For over 40 years the Golf has been defining and refining the hatchback formula. With generation eight, we get plenty of performance. And with the recent rise in performance in the hot hatch scene, the German brand had to bring a bigger gun in order to stay competitive. The Golf GTI Clubsport Mk8 is tailored specifically to the harsh terrain of the Nordschleife. Could they have made the ultimate hot hatch, or is it just an overly stiff grocery-getter? Let’s find out.

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Volkswagen: A 296-Horsepower Golf Is Enough, Don't Expect a Golf GTI Clubsport S

Volkswagen: A 296-Horsepower Golf Is Enough, Don’t Expect a Golf GTI Clubsport S

The incredible Golf GTI Clubsport S is not coming back, says Volkswagen

Volkswagen just unveiled the Clubsport version of the latest Golf GTI. While it’s not a big departure inside and out, the Clubsport cranks out an extra 54 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque and it’s 13 seconds quicker than the standard Golf GTI on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. That’s all excellent news, but if you were hoping for a beefed-up Clubsport S version and a new Nurburgring record, we have bad news: Volkswagen isn’t going to do it.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Makes the Standard GTI Look Like a Girl's Car

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Makes the Standard GTI Look Like a Girl’s Car

Volkswagen pumps even more goodness into the Golf GTI

Whenever the Clubsport badge is attached to a Golf, you know that’s going to be a special car. In this case, the Mk8 Golf-based GTI Clubsport promises to keep day-to-day usability intact while it spices up everything else, including your weekend spent on the Nürburgring.

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Here's How the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Made FWD Fun

Here’s How the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Made FWD Fun

Volkswagen found simple yet effective solutions that make the Golf GTI a hoot to drive

Perhaps equally popular and recognizable as the Golf nameplate is the GTI badge. It has been honoring the Golf moniker since 1976 and during that time, it became synonymous with fun driving as well as daily driving suitability.

Along the years, Volkswagen refined the recipe and it’s safe to say that the 2020 Golf GTI is the most advanced of its kind. VW never went astray from the FWD setup in the Golf GTI, but it had to find ingenious solutions to keep it relevant and engaging.

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If The Golf GTI Is Both A Bit Too Tame And Too Cruel With The Environment, Have A Look At the Golf GTE HyRacer

If The Golf GTI Is Both A Bit Too Tame And Too Cruel With The Environment, Have A Look At the Golf GTE HyRacer

A one-off hybrid Golf GTI? We’d sign up for a production version!

While we’re waiting to see how the Golf 8 GTI really is like, let’s take a moment and appreciate this unique, Golf 7 GTE called the GTE HyRacer. Developed by the members of a Volkswagen Retail Group Germany apprenticeship program, this is the latest in a rather long line of interesting one-off builds and it was supposed to take center stage at the annual Worthersee show in Austria. Sadly, the show’s been canceled due to the pandemic but not the project which did get completed and now we can share with you the result, a stunning prototype that one-ups even the Golf 8 GTI in terms of power.

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The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI is Faster On the Track Than the MK7 Golf GTI Performance

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI is Faster On the Track Than the MK7 Golf GTI Performance

8 GTI will be the most impressive yet

Since the Geneva Motor Show was canceled for 2020, Volkswagen was forced to do a virtual debut for the 2020 Mk.8 Golf. During that stream, we learned about the Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE, but a lot of necessary information for the GTI was left shrouded in mystery. Now, despite the fact that the Mk.8 Golf GTI is still a year or so away from landing Stateside, VW company execs have spilled the beans and given us a little something to be excited about.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

The GTI dialed up to 11

The Mk. 8 Golf GTI TCR will build on top of an already amazing package to take things to the next level. As a model that’s more oriented toward the driver, it’ll feature a whopping 300 horsepower, all of which will be shunted through an eight-speed DCT. There’s no definite on-sale date as of yet, but it should launch in late 2020 as a 2021 model.

Update 5/12/2020: The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR was spotted in the wild with almost no camo. Check it out in our special “Spy Shots” section below!

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This Rendering Proves That The Rugged Volkswagen Golf Country Deserves to Live Today

This Rendering Proves That The Rugged Volkswagen Golf Country Deserves to Live Today

It looks cooler than most small SUVs available right now

The Volkswagen Golf may have started life as a small hatchback in the 1970s, but it evolved into a multi-model nameplate that included several variants over time. Many of them are no longer available, but the Golf spawned a wagon, minivan, convertible, and even raised crossover-like versions in the past. The first raised Golf was launched in 1989 as the Country and wasn’t successful because crossovers weren’t exactly popular back then. But the Russian folks at Kolesa think that the Golf Country would be popular in the modern era, so they put together a version based on the latest Golf Mk8.

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Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower

Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower

If this super Golf R happens, we’ll probably see it two years from now

A new report claims Volkswagen is hard at work to produce a Golf R hot hatch based on the Mk8 Golf. The 2023 Golf R will supposedly have to do battle against the likes of Mercedes-AMG A45, Honda Civic Type R, and Hyundai i30 N with underpinnings from the newly-launched Mk8 Golf GTI.

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2022 Volkswagen Golf R Mk8

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Mk8

The king of the Golf lineup has been spotted in the wild!

After pulling the plug on the regular Golf, Volkswagen retained the GTI and R with the new generation in the US. A more powerful 315 horsepower pumping 2.0-liter engine is powering the Golf R and with that comes AWD as standard. The interior gets more sophisticated as it gets a bigger infotainment display and a fully digital instrument console along with ambient lighting and more other feature bits. Is the new 2022 Golf R be the ultimate hot hatch in the segment? We are about to find it out for you in this review.

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The first Volkswagen Golf race car ever built looks mean and you can buy it

The first Volkswagen Golf race car ever built looks mean and you can buy it

A GTI on steroids with a documented win at Hockenheim

Launched in 1974 as a replacement for the dated Beetle, the Volkswagen Golf became a big hit and quickly transformed into a legendary nameplate that has soldiered on over eight generations.

Although the first-gen Golf was developed as a humble daily driver, Volkswagen also launched a beefed-up GTI model. In addition, the boxy hatchback was converted to race spec as early as 1975. The first Golf race car ever built just showed up for auction at RM Sotheby’s, which will attempt to sell it during an event in Essen, Germany, on June 24.

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2021 Volksagen Golf GTI,GTD, and GTE - What You Need to Know

2021 Volksagen Golf GTI,GTD, and GTE - What You Need to Know

Volkswagen is trying to cover all the bases here

Volkswagen took the time to reveal the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE before their official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Surely, customers have no reason to complain should they want to get a more performance-focused Golf, because VW is offering a hybrid, a gasoline, and a diesel model as alternatives to various preferences or needs.

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Mercedes-AMG A 45, Audi RS 3, and VW Golf R drag race debuts with drifting

Mercedes-AMG A 45, Audi RS 3, and VW Golf R drag race debuts with drifting

The BMW M2 Competition also joins the hot hatch bunch

As far as premium hot hatches go, this lot here is the creme de la creme. Sure, some might argue that the VW Golf R is not exactly premium, but then again, it is a premium car if we look strictly at its performance credentials, don’t you think?

That said, the only carmaker that didn’t line up a hot hatch is BMW. Although the Bavarians sell the M135i, Carwow’s video features the BMW M2 competition, which, believe it or not, is not the most powerful car here.

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A New Volkswagen Golf GTI Is Coming with 287 Horsepower

A New Volkswagen Golf GTI Is Coming with 287 Horsepower

Look for it at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

With the Volkswagen Golf 8 here to stay for a while, it was only a matter of time before Volkswagen started declining it into various guises. Hotter guises, that is.

Among those, the first one to make a debut is, according to a recent report coming from Autocar, the Golf GTI. It will be followed by the GTD, which will supposedly share the stage too in Geneva, and later on (read summer 2020) by the Golf R.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTi - Driven

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTi - Driven

The Volkswagen Golf GTi is a prime competitor in the hot hatch segment and shouldn’t be overlooked!

We have been itching to get behind the wheel of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk. 8 and would really love to try out the yet-to-be-released Mk. 8 Golf GTi, but we’ve been told we still have to wait a while. To make things good, however, and hold us over, Volkswagen decided to send out an MK. 7 2019 Golf GTi and, while it wasn’t exactly what we wanted, we have to admit that the week we spent with it was beyond memorable.

As you can see from the photo gallery organized into the slider above and the page below, the Golf GTi, even in its older design, is quite the looker. It’s attractive from all angles, and the interior really gives you the feeling that you’re sitting in a proper hot hatch. The flat-bottom steering wheel and eight-inch infotainment displayed helped in the regard, but the overall fitment of the seats and materials put together one hell of a package.

The 2.0-liter turbo-four under the hood isn’t the most powerful four-cylinder on the block – the title is reserved for the Mercedes-AMG A45S – but it’s powerful enough to keep just about any enthusiast happy at 228 ponies and 258 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen claims that’s good for a 5.7-second sprint to 60 mph, but we actually got there around one-tenth faster. More impressive than that is the fact that this baby is as nimble as can be. The 35.8-foot turning circle means it can turn on a dime (this is much better than both the Focus ST and i30 N that it competes with) while the 5.1-inch ride height feels like the sweet spot in terms of dealing with typical road conditions.

All told, our week with the Golf GTi isn’t one that we’ll forget, and we can’t wait to try out the MK.8 to see just how Volkswagen will manage to improve. Until that happens, though, you can enjoy our massive photo gallery. We’re busy putting together an in-depth review on the 2019 golf GTi, so be sure to check back in with us soon to learn the finer details!

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Elon Musk Should Buy The Tesla Cybertruck's Door Glass From Volkswagen - It's Stronger: Video

Elon Musk Should Buy The Tesla Cybertruck’s Door Glass From Volkswagen - It’s Stronger: Video

Come to think of it, Musk actually praised Volkswagen at the 2019 Golden Steering Wheel Awards

Do you remember the glass shattering saga from the Cybertruck launch? Of course, you do. How can one forget that embarrassing moment on stage when the whole world was watching the much-anticipated event live, right? It sent everyone into splits but garnered so much hype that even non-auto enthusiasts were talking about it. Tesla: 1, The Public: 0.

Not the point here, though. The Cybertruck might boast armored glass windows, but what about normal windows on normal cars? A video on YouTube has appeared wherein the admin of CarHax decided to use ‘weapons of destruction’ on a standard Volkswagen Golf’s glass. You will be shocked to see how much abuse it can withstand.

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This Rendering of a Three-Door 2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 Makes Us Miss Simpler Times

This Rendering of a Three-Door 2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 Makes Us Miss Simpler Times

Unfortunately, VW has no plans of building a three-door Golf 8, but this is what it would look like if they did

If you want an eighth-generation, 2020 Volkswagen Golf, you have no choice but to get one with four doors plus a hatch. Just like the brand did with the Polo, it’s nixing the potential of a three-door golf hatch because the body style just didn’t sell well. It’s not surprising considering how hard it was to get into the rear of a three-door, but it’s still a damn shame. Fortunately, independent artist Aksyonov Nikita posted his latest work on Behance to show us just what a three-door MK. 8 Golf would actually look like. It certainly reminds us of simpler times, and it makes the itch for a three-door Mk. 8 Golf come stronger than ever.

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2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Volkswagen Golf

The Golf Mk8 is an amazing hatchback with loads of tech, but is it too expensive for the segment?

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf is the eighth-generation of the iconic hatchback. Unveiled in Wolfsburg, Germany, the company’s home town, the 2020 Golf Mk8 shares the same MQB platform as the third-generation Audi A3 and Seat Leon. An evolutionary design on the outside, the 2020 Golf looks similar to its predecessor but employs more angular styling features similar to larger Volkswagen cars and SUVs. The interior is a notable departure from the old car and sports a more upscale design and fresh technology. Under the hood, the 2020 Golf continues to offer gasoline and diesel engines, but Volkswagen started using 48-volt systems and now offers a higher performance hybrid.

Arguably the most advanced vehicle in its class, the 2020 comes with a major drawback: it will be notably more expensive than the competition. Actually, there’s a good chance that the 2020 Golf will be only marginally cheaper than the Audi A3 Sportback, which could become a serious issue for the German automaker. What’s more, the 2020 Golf won’t be sold in the U.S. in base trim, as Volkswagen confirmed that only the GTI and R models will cross the pond to North America.

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With the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTE rated at 242 horsepower, is there a future for the GTI?

With the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTE rated at 242 horsepower, is there a future for the GTI?

How much power will be enough for the Golf GTI Mk8?

Volkswagen just launched 2020 Golf Mk8, and by far, the biggest surprise is a hybrid GTE model that cranks out 242 horsepower. That’s more than the outgoing Golf GTI, rated at 227 horsepower in standard form and 242 horses with the Performance Pack. Now that the hybrid GTE is more potent than the regular GTI, is there a future for the GTI badge in the Mk8 lineup?

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Volkswagen Golf Mk8 vs Mk7 - a design comparison

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 vs Mk7 - a design comparison

Is the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 the better looking car?

After seven successful years on the market, the Golf Mk7 was retired to make way for the eighth-generation hatchback. Unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the Golf Mk8 brings a new design to the table. However, much like all recently introduced new-generation Volkswagens, the new Golf is an evolution of the outgoing model. Is the new design different enough to be considered a new generation? Let’s find out in the comparison below.

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Holy Electric Moly, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Hybrid Is More Powerful Than the GTI

Holy Electric Moly, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Hybrid Is More Powerful Than the GTI

It’s probably just as quick too!

The highly-anticipated 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 is finally out and the really big news is that it comes with five hybrid drivetrains. The regular TSI engines are now paired to 48-volt systems, but Volkswagen also offers two proper hybrids with electric motors. One of them is basically similar to the old Mk7-generation GTE, but the new Mk8 GTE is a wild one and packs more punch than the outgoing GTI. I bet you didn’t expect that.

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The Best Tech Features in the Volkswagen Golf Mk8

The Best Tech Features in the Volkswagen Golf Mk8

The eighth-generation hatchback is loaded to the brim with new technology

The Volkswagen Golf is arguably one of the most recognizable models in Volkswagen’s lineup. That stature comes with the pressure of standing out in a sea of hatchbacks looking to take some shine away from the famous nameplate. Now that the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf (Mk8) is here, it looks like the competition will have its hands full trying to catch up with the Golf Mk8. See, there are a lot of things to like about the Golf Mk8, but arguably the most important of these things is the incredible amount of new technologies Volkswagen was able to pack into the hatchback. Believe me when I tell you, the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is so tricked out in new technology, it’s hard to imagine how Volkswagen managed to fit all of them into the hatchback.

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The 2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 Comes Off As a Cheaper, Cooler Audi

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 Comes Off As a Cheaper, Cooler Audi

Believe it or not, the Volkswagen Golf Just one-upped the competition in a big way

Volkswagen just finished debuting the new 2020 Volkswagen Golf MK. 8, and it takes the Golf into unchartered territory with mild hybrid technology, car-to-x connectivity, a mildly revised look, and engines that are more efficient than ever. Even better yet, at launch, the Golf Mk. 8 will be available as a plug-in hybrid with a 13 kWh battery that will give you some 60 km (about 37 miles) of all-electric range. The interior of the Golf has been completely revamped as well with an all-new focus on digital controls, and, to be quite honest, it feels like the Golf just surpassed Audi in a big way. Here’s what you need to know.

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How to Watch the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk 8 Debut

How to Watch the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk 8 Debut

We already know what it looks, like but the live stream will reveal so much more!

The eighth-generation, Mk. 8 Volkswagen Golf debuts later today at 12:30 pm EST, 4:30 pm GMT, or 6:30 PM CEST and with it will come the normal VW evolution that we’ve experienced with previous iterations of the Golf. Thanks to some leaked images, we already know what the 2020 Golf will look like inside and out, and we can now comfortably say that the interior is a huge departure from the seventh-gen model and does effectively move the Golf a little further upmarket than it is right now. The 2020 Golf should go on sale within the next six months, so go ahead and kick back, press play on the stream below, and watch the all-new (at least on the inside) Golf make its grand debut. Oh, and by the way, there’s still the potential for this thing to be offered as a mild hybrid, so the next-gen Golf GTI and Golf R could be off the chain baby.

Let us know what you think after the Golf makes its long-awaited arrival!

Update 10/24/2019: The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk. 8 has made its debut. Check out our immediate coverage to learn more about it!

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Here's the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 before you're supposed to see it

Here’s the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 before you’re supposed to see it

Watch the Mk.8 debut live right here too!

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is about to break cover at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and as it usually happens, we get to see it earlier than we should thanks to a batch of leaked photos. The images confirm what we already saw in spy shots: that the 2020 Golf Mk8 is an evolution of the outgoing generation in terms of styling. It remains about the same, yet it looks modern and fresh, and it’s ready to lead the market for a few more years.

Update 10/24/2019: The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk. 8 has made its debut. Check out our immediate coverage to learn more about it!

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2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 GTE

2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 GTE

Meet the most efficient model in the new Golf range

With Dieselgate still not just an ugly distant memory in the back of Volkswagen’s brain, Wolfsburg looks like it’s leading the electrification revolution in the car world, driven by the traction offered by the behemoth that is the Volkswagen Group. But Volkswagen, as a brand, irrespective of what its other sisters and brothers are doing, has become synonymous with electrification plans of all sorts.

This so-called offensive will ultimately rub off on VW’s future models. TheID.3 is already out of the bag, but for now, the company is busy at work preparing the new Golf 8 for debut. When that finally happens on October the 24th, the new Golf will also come as a mild-hybrid model, the first in its history, as well as in the shape of conventionally-powered versions (i.e., diesel and gasoline variants). What’s more, the VW Golf will also receive a plug-in hybrid iteration under the GTE moniker, but no e-Golf model - since the ID.3 is already here to cover the all-electric ground. So with the e-Golf out of the scene, we’ll focus on the new VW Golf 8 GTE, which was caught during pre-production tests by our spy photographers.

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Can the Audi SQ2 and Cupra Ateca Performance SUVs Keep Up With the Volkswagen Golf R and Mercedes-AMG A35 Hatchbacks?

Can the Audi SQ2 and Cupra Ateca Performance SUVs Keep Up With the Volkswagen Golf R and Mercedes-AMG A35 Hatchbacks?

It turned out to be a more competitive race than any of us expected

Performance crossovers and hot hatches make for an odd match, especially when you line them up side-by-side in a race. That, of course, didn’t stop Top Gear from trying to find out if the Volkswagen Golf R and the Mercedes-AMG A 35 can beat the Audi SQ2 and the Cupra Ateca in a drag race. While the disparity in size is evident between the two crossovers and the two hot hatches, all four use a similarly sized 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, including three that use the same engine that produces the same output. This makes for a compelling race that unfolded in a rather unexpected way.

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The Volkswagen Golf R Has Been Cancelled but For How Long?

The Volkswagen Golf R Has Been Cancelled but For How Long?

The Golf R will be back with a vengeance in 2020

The Volkswagen Golf R, the range-topping version of the seventh-generation hatchback, has been discontinued for the 2020 model year. The high-performance five-door will return with the Mk8 version of the Volkswagen Golf. The R version was discontinued alongside the SportWagen and Alltrack models, but the standard Golf, the e-Golf, and the GTI carry over for 2020.

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Watch a Volkswagen Golf R Go Head-to-Head With a Porsche Boxster GTS and a Renault Megane Trophy RS

Watch a Volkswagen Golf R Go Head-to-Head With a Porsche Boxster GTS and a Renault Megane Trophy RS

It’s a triple threat throwdown of epic proportions!

The term “performance car” has taken on an entirely new meaning these days, so much so that even small compact hatchbacks can be identified as a performance car if it, well, performs like one. Take the Volkswagen Golf R and the Renault Megane RS Trophy, for example. You wouldn’t think of them as pocket rockets when you first see them, but they’re more than capable of turning your world upside down if you underestimate their performance capabilities. The all-wheel-drive Golf R and the front-wheel-drive Megane RS Trophy are bullets wrapped in an automotive body. But can they actually beat a car that was bred to be a performance savant like the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS?YouTube channel carwow sought to find out, and the results were, shall I say, interesting.

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