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2022 Volkswagen Golf R detailed: New cut-price Audi S3 hot hatch outmuscles Hyundai i30 N and Honda Civic Type R

The new VW Golf R debuts track-focused 'Special' and 'Drift' drive modes.

Volkswagen has this week revealed its eighth-generation Golf R hot hatch, showcasing a big boost to performance, fresh styling and an array of modern features.

The all-wheel-drive performance car is expected to arrive in Australia in early 2022, although exact timing and local specifications have yet to be locked in.

According to Volkswagen, the new Golf R is capable of sprinting from zero-to-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Power comes from a familiar 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, although advancements over the current model see outputs increase by 22kW/40Nm, to a total 235kW and 420Nm.

In some markets, the new Golf R will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox alongside a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Ride height has been lowered by 0.8-inches compared to the current Golf R. Ride height has been lowered by 0.8-inches compared to the current Golf R.

The Golf R’s computer now monitors the 4Motion AWD system to precisely control the car’s newly developed torque vectoring system as well as manage individual adaptive wheel damping to further improve handling performance.

New drive modes, dubbed Special and Drift, join the traditional Comfort, Sport, Race and custom settings.

The Special mode was tuned on the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany and sees faster shift times and softer damping settings, while the AWD system’s behaviour is further optimised for the Green Hell's undulating corners.

Meanwhile, the new Drift mode adjusts the intervention levels of stability control and traction control to allow a degree of oversteer on the track.

A high-end interior sees carbon-look elements, blue accents and a redesigned leather steering wheel. A high-end interior sees carbon-look elements, blue accents and a redesigned leather steering wheel.

A tweaked suspension system sees spring rates and anti-roll bar rates increase by 10 per cent, while the ride height has dropped by 0.8 inches.

To compensate for the extra grunt, the new Golf R gains larger front brake discs with two-piston aluminium calipers that are said to reduce mass by 60 per cent at each side.

Distinguishing the new Golf R at the front is a new bumper and racey splitter, as well as an LED light strip that runs the width of the grille and acts as daytime running lights.

From the side, the German hot hatch boasts new 19-inch wheels, unique side skirts, matte chrome mirror caps and blue brake callipers.

The Volkswagen Golf R features unique graphics on its 10-inch multimedia display and digital instrument cluster. The Volkswagen Golf R features unique graphics on its 10-inch multimedia display and digital instrument cluster.

At the rear, a new bumper frames a high-gloss black diffuser and quad exhaust tips, and the redesigned roof spoiler gives the car a more aggressive look while providing downforce for the rear axle.

Inside, the eighth-gen Golf R gets Volkswagen’s latest 10.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system and digital instrument cluster, while carbon-look elements and blue accents reflect its sporty specification.

The heated leather steering wheel now hosts an ‘R’ button for easier access to the car’s driver mode selection, while other interior features include Nappa leather sports seats, stainless-steel pedal caps, exclusive door trim and 30-colour ambient lighting.