In 2002, Volkswagen stuffed a narrow-angle V6 into an engine bay and added 4MOTION all-wheel drive to create the ultimate performance Golf. Fast-forward to today, and the 2018 Golf R was awarded the Best Performance – Sports Car in Canada by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. We can understand why.
The Volkswagen Golf R, the most powerful Golf model ever to be sold in the North American market, is equipped with an EA888 four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI 2.0-liter engine that produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque (achieved using premium fuel). The Golf R is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or—new for 2018 and exclusive to Golf R—a seven-speed DSG dual clutch automatic.