There is another letter of the alphabet celebrating a big anniversary in Germany this year. In Munich, BMW M is throwing a year-round 50th birthday party. In Wolfsburg, Volkswagen marks the end of two decades of history with another 20 years of golf. In 2002, the first Golf R32 was launched with a 3.2-liter VR6 engine that produced 241 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Four generations later, the new Golf R 20 Years runs with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 329 horsepower, a 14-horse bump above the standard Golf R. Further engine changes include preloading the turbo on the part throttle for quick response, and leaving the throttle valve open in the overrun. The 62-mile-per-hour dash will be reduced by a tenth of a second to 4.6 seconds.
The modified mapping on the Seven-Speed DSG adds more vigorous shift action to the sporty driving mode. And given the performance package, this special edition gives torque vectoring rear differential, as well as special and drift drive modes. For the thrill out of motion, the engineers added “Emotion Start,” which turned out to be 2,500 startups.
External cosmetic identifiers range from “20 R” poodle lights to B-column “20” badges; “R” in Fender Vent; A modified spoiler; And black and blue 19-inch wheels that can be switched to a full-black wheel. Also, when buyers opt for blue, the mirror caps turn black; In other colors, mirror caps are blue. Inside, carbon fiber accents first appear on the R, which is found on instrument panels and door cards. R badges are attached to the steering wheel and seats
It is sold in foreign markets in June. A version for the US market will arrive in a few months, which is said to be slightly different from the now published European version. The Golf R 20 Years will be on sale for the 2022 model year, until mid-2023 or closer.