To celebrate the two decade success of the all-wheel drive hot hatch, Volkswagen have given the Golf R 20 a tad more power as well as some cosmetic upgrades over its standard counterpart.
The quintessential GTI hot hatch from Volkswagen provided affordable front-wheel drive fun for enthusiasts on a budget. Two decades ago, suits at Wolfsburg decided to turn up the ante by throwing in the revered VR6 motor into the MkV to create the R32. To cope with the heavy and powerful motor, it also got all-wheel drive; a characteristic which has accompanied every model since.
Twenty years later, and the Golf R 20 comes with the seasoned EA888 2-litre turbocharged four-banger from before, although this time around it has been tweaked to push out 245 kW as opposed to 235 kW. The power figures make it the most powerful factory Golf to ever be sanctioned by Volkswagen. Quite a substantial jump from the original 184 kW from the 3,2-litre naturally aspirated VR6 in the first model to be adorned with the R badge.
Have a look at its launch video here.
In addition to the power upgrades, the Golf R 20 will also get R-Performance equipment as standard. This includes a rear spoiler, R-Performance torque vectoring and extra driving modes with special and drift settings. The special edition will also come with R logos on the grille, fenders and boot lid while the mirror caps will be finished in blue – unless the vehicle is finished in that colour in which case they will be black. To denote the anniversary model, a 20 symbol is plastered to the B-pillar as well as the image used for the puddle lights.
19-inch rims will line all four corners in a two-tone black and blue scheme unless specified entirely in black. The interior of the Golf R 20 boasts sports seats finished in Nappa leather and the blue R logo on the top of the backrest. Some carbon fibre details can also be found on the dashboard and door panels.
Inside, the Golf R 20 Years edition has sport seats with Nappa leather upholstery and the blue R logo on the upper portion of the backrest. The model also has carbon fibre trim on the dashboard and door panels.
Considering Volkswagen has sold over a quarter-of-a-million R badged units, we can only hope it is a nameplate that stays in their portfolio for another milestone. No confirmation on whether the limited edition will make its way to South Africa yet.