The Invincible Porsche 911 GT3 RS Gets Beaten By A... Volkswagen Beetle?!?!
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is arguably one of the best internal combustion-engined cars on the drag strip. It has even beaten the likes of the Audi R8 Spyder. So, why even bother to put it up against an old-school, 1970s Volkswagen Beetle? Well, because this Beetle has been electrified and makes 450 horses! The Porsche makes more horsepower, but can the instant torque of the Beetle prove to be too much for the sports car?
Yes - A Volkswagen Golf Can Outgun the Ferrari 488 Pista
It sounds pretty absurd at the onset that a Volkswagen Golf can beat a Ferrari 488 Pista in a quarter-mile race. But, it actually can… on a technicality. The folks at ‘Driven Media’ pit these two very unlikely contenders in a drag race. It goes without saying that the Italian supercar will win, but is there a way the Golf can get the W? Well, it can if the Ferrari treats it as a standing drag race and the Golf as a rolling race. But, at what speed? Let’s find out.
2022 Volkswagen Golf R Mk8
After pulling the plug on the regular Golf, Volkswagen retained the GTI and R with the new generation in the U.S. 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 other goodies. Is the new 2022 Golf R the ultimate hot hatch in the segment?
2021 Volkswagen Golf R Variant By PS-Sattlerei
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.
Watch The BMW M3 Make A Mockery Out Of The Volkswagen Golf R In A Series Of Straight-Line Races
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.
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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.
Crazy Race: Lamborghini Urus vs Porsche Cayman GT4 vs Audi TTRS vs Golf R
It’s always interesting to see how different engine layouts compare to one another. It’s even more interesting when a high-performance SUV goes up against some of the best compact sports cars and a capable hot hatchback. This is exactly the case with this drag race from Carwow, where a Lamborghini Urus is being challenged by a Porsche Cayman GT4, Audi TT RS, and a Volkswagen Golf R.
0-60 MPH In 4 Seconds? That’s Seriously the 2021 Volkswagen Golf R
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!
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wasn’t The First Hot Hatchback By A Long Shot
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.
If You Thought the Volkswagen Golf R Was Great Before, The 2022 MK8 Will Blow Your Mind
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!
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTi Clubsport
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.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Makes the Standard GTI Look Like a Girl’s Car
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.
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
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!
Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower
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.
Volkswagen Has a Battery Secret That Has Sports Car Written All Over It
If the recent rumors hold any truth, the audacious VW ID.R all-electric racer did serve a higher purpose than it was initially thought. It will lend a hand in developing the next-generation all-electric sports cars that VW plans to deliver by 2025.
Mind you, the said sports cars will only inherit a fraction of the ID.R’s mad performance potential - most likely in the form of e-motor technology and perhaps battery know-how, but that should make them less capable on the road.
The Volkswagen Golf R Has Been Cancelled but For How Long?
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.
The 2021, MK.8 Volkswagen Golf GTI Might Have as Much Power as the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R
Volkswagen has always offered a GTI version of its Golf hatchback, but in recent years their hot hatch offering has started to look a bit safe and tame compared to some of the newer, bonkers rivals it has competed against over the years - especially in terms of power. The current GTI can be had with up to 286 horsepower if you opt for the limited series TCR model, but apparently, the next-gen 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI may have just as much power in standard form.
2018 Volkswagen Golf R
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf was introduced in 2012 in Europe, but it didn’t make it to U.S. soil until 2014, when it was launched for the 2015 model year. Slightly larger and sportier than its predecessor, the Mk7 also gained a revamped interior, new convenience and safety features, and a wide range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines. The new-generation Golf also spawned a new GTi model, but a more powerful R version was also launched for 2015. With the regular model having received a facelift in 2016, an updated version of the Golf R followed for 2017.
As it is the case with most Volkswagen facelifts, the mid-cycle update doesn’t bring too many features. However, the Golf R is a bit sportier on the outside and benefits from the many technological improvements made to the lineup. The turbocharged engine was also uprated, but while the Golf R is now slightly more powerful than the Honda Civic Type R, it’s nowhere near as brawny as the impressiveFord Focus RS. How does it compare to the competition? Let’s find out in the review below.
12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R taken at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!
Watch a Golf 7 R Performance Pack Max Out at 163 MPH
Volkswagen had showcased the R400 as a concept in 2014, and it was supposed to lead to a production model known as the R420. This would have been the fastest and most powerful Golf to ever roll of the production line, with some 420 horsepower, but the whole program was axed before production could even start. The closest we’ve come to the R400 or R420 is the Golf R Performance Pack, and someone has decided to put it to the test.
Volkwagen launches the 2019 Golf GTI Rabbit Edition
Other automakers need to learn from Volkswagen when it comes to how to keep a model fresh, no matter how old it is. Volkswagen introduced the 2019 GTI Rabbit Edition in the U.S., which feels like a tribute to the original iteration of the hatchback. It will be slotted between the base ‘S’ trim and mid ‘SE’ trim.
Oops! Volkswagen Scirocco Rolls 3 Times at the Nürburgring
Understeer is a bitch. Oversteer? Give us loads of the stuff, because if you know how to counter steer, you can rotate the car just fine with the throttle. But understeer, that thing where the car doesn’t turn? It’s the stuff of nightmares, especially on a track as dangerous as the Nürburgring.
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The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Will Bridge the Big Gap Between the Golf GTI and Golf R
In just a couple of days, Volkswagen will show up to the Worthersee Enthusiast Festival with a prototype of the road-going Golf GTI TCR. Once it goes into production, it will be sold as a special edition model and will be powered by a 2.0-liter that’s good for 286 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Those figures, in combination with the more aggressive looks, place the car in a position to bridge the gap between the Golf GTI and Golf R – If Volkswagen prices it correctly, anyway.
Volkswagen says that maximum horsepower is available between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm while torque comes into play between 1,600 rpm and 4,300 rpm. The only transmission available will be a seven-speed dual-clutch, so don’t expect to row your own with this one. It does, however, come standard with a limited-slip differential which should help improve traction and handling when things get a little dicey. Top speed will, naturally, be limited to 155 mph (because Germans) but can be increased to 164 mph if you’re willing to pay for it.
As far as pricing goes, we’ll have to wait until this prototype shifts into production, but that’s where Volkswagen will make it or break it. Even as a special edition, it’s not quite as powerful as the Golf R, so it would be hard to justify paying more than what you would to sit down inside a Gold R. Granted, it only falls short by six horsepower and 7 pound-feet but, if you’re a numbers guy, those small numbers can make all the difference. On that note, it will be significantly more powerful than the base GTI. In comparison, the GTI TCR will deliver an extra 66 horsepower and 15 pound-feet over the standard GTI, so don’t expect it to go for near-GTI money, either.
We haven’t gotten an official look at the prototype yet, but the few renderings released by Volkswagen should be enough to tame your curiosity until the prototype debuts on May 9 in Worthersee.
Volkswagen Sets Sights on Turning "R" Cars into Mercedes-AMG’s Nightmare
Volkswagen is looking to give its “R’ brand of performance models a new philosophy, one that would turn it into a more performance-oriented lineup that would be able to compete against Mercedes-AMG. According to Volkswagen sales and marketing boss Jurgen Stackmann, the move to unleash the R brand is possible, provided that its customers are willing to pay the increased cost that comes with exploring new levels of performance.