The all-wheel-drive R stands out as the most powerful and the most expensive Golf model. There were rumors that it might be retired (there was no 2020 model) as VW focuses on a number of upcoming electric models. The Spymaster now confirms that a new Golf R will arrive for the 2022 model year. The four-door (only) hatchback gets the same basic body as other Golfs, but comes with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 2019 R made 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet. The six-speed manual transmission might not be returning, which would leave the previously optional seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox. VW claims the R can scoot to 60 mph from zero in about 4.5 seconds. A mid-$40,000 base price is anticipated.

The new Golf R will gain power but might lose its six-speed manual
transmission. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

Volkswagen prepares a new Golf R: