New Car Preview: 2025 Volkswagen Golf R

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The 2025 Volkswagen Golf R gets some exciting updates for enthusiasts, with a bump in power and some refreshing design tweaks. Additionally, a new Black Edition offers a sleek alternative for those who prefer a more understated look.

Enhanced Performance

The most thrilling update for the 2025 Golf R is the power increase. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine now delivers 328 horsepower, up from the previous 315 horsepower, while torque remains at 310 pound-feet. The power boost might be modest, but it’s a welcome enhancement for driving enthusiasts. The car retains its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive system. However, the manual transmission option is still not available.

Driving Dynamics

Volkswagen has introduced a few other exciting features to enhance the driving experience. The new loud start mode lets the Golf R start with a roar. By pressing the start button without the brake, waiting 1.5 seconds, and then starting the car with the brake, the engine revs up to 2,500 rpm for an impressive exhaust note. The Race drive mode also optimizes performance by maintaining higher turbo rpm and keeping the throttle open during overrun, ensuring quicker throttle and boost responses.

Refined Exterior

On the exterior, the 2025 Golf R boasts redesigned headlights and taillights, a refreshed grille, and a new front bumper. The badge now lights up, adding a modern touch. The Black Edition, a new offering, features darker trim, badges, and headlight housings, as well as black-painted wheels, exhaust tips, and brake calipers. This edition caters to those who favor a more subdued appearance. A new option for the Golf R is the 19-inch forged alloy wheels, which weigh only 17.6 pounds each, contributing to improved handling and performance.

Updated Interior

Inside, the Golf R remains largely familiar but now includes a larger 12.9-inch infotainment screen with the latest operating system from the ID models. While it’s an upgrade, some may still find it less intuitive. New performance-related features include a G-meter for launch countdowns and recording acceleration times, and an enhanced lap timer with GPS support, which allows the car to learn a course and provide split times.

Availability and Pricing

The 2025 Golf R will go on pre-sale in Europe this summer, with other markets to follow. Pricing details are yet to be announced, but it is expected to be slightly higher than the current model.

Volkswagen continues to refine and enhance the Golf R, making it a more powerful and technologically advanced hot hatch that driving enthusiasts will appreciate.


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