Volkswagen Introduces the 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R At The Chicago Auto Show

August 17th, 2021 by

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Volkswagen of America has introduced the Mk8 Golf GTI and Golf R at the Chicago Auto Show, with all of the vehicle’s details and pricing. The 2022 Golf GTI introduces a list of interior and handling upgrades for the eighth generation of the iconic hatchback. The 2022 Golf GTI has a starting MSRP of $29,545 (Plus destination fee). The 2022 Golf GTI offers new performance-oriented content, premium features that are different from the 2022 Golf R that has a starting MSRP of $43,645 (Plus destination fee) and comes with the classic manual transmission. Let’s find out what Volkswagen has in store for its fans with the legendary Golf.

“The previous Golf GTI and Golf R models were widely regarded as the best hot hatches you could buy, but the Mark 8 versions up the ante,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America. “Now built in Wolfsburg, the cars have more performance, better handling, more standard equipment and improved tech features, yet minimal price increases.”

The Golf-family design formula has been evolving since the first Golf debuted back in March 1974 and today the 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R are continuing the evolution of the hottest hatchback ever. The 2022 Golf and GTI are slightly longer and sportier while still carrying the style hallmarks of their predecessors like the distinctive C-pillar. The Mark 8 vehicles have a fresh front face courtesy of a more sharply raked hood, new signature LED headlights and an available light bar in the grille on either side of the updated Volkswagen logo. The 2022 GTI comes with distinctive new X-shaped fog lights, a red grille line, red brake calipers, new wheel designs, dual exhaust tips and the classic honeycomb lower grille.

The 2022 Golf R trims feature a blue grille line and brake calipers, a new wheel design, more aggressive front and rear bumper diffusers than the GTI, a large two-piece rear spoiler, body-colored side sill extensions, and a quad-tipped exhaust system. The latest EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection TSI engine is found on both of the 2022 Golf models. The engine can be paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. The 2022 Golf GTI produces 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the 2022 Golf R generates 315 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque with the DSG transmission and 280 lb-ft with the manual transmission. 

Inside, the 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R feature a brand new electronic architecture, enabling a digitally networked world of displays and controls. The 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro comes standard, allowing drivers to customize their display to the information needed. Including car status, driving data, phone information, album art, driver assistance features and more. When equipped with the Discover Pro infotainment system with navigation are able to display a full screen map in the digital cluster and simultaneously on the 10-inch center display. The cockpit digitization includes touch panels that are able to control the lighting, defrost, audio functions, as well as the sunroof. Interested in finding out more about the 2022 Volkswagen Golf and GTI?

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