Volkswagen Again Teases the 2025 Golf R

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Golf R represents the current pinnacle of Volkswagen’s performance offerings in the United States, but despite rumors of its demise, the automaker will release an updated car for the 2025 model year. VW recently teased the revised eighth-generation car, saying that it would debut on June 26.

VW only shared a front-end image of the car, which shows updated headlights with an LED light bar and illuminated logo. Previously spotted spy shots of the car show an updated front end, but other revisions appear to be more subtle. Other changes are expected to follow those made to the 2025 Golf GTI, which include a new touchscreen, physical buttons, and a fresh look.

The Golf R could also pick up a power boost for 2025, similar to the one VW gave the GTI. Current output lands at 315 horsepower and could climb higher with the updates, though the automaker killed the manual transmission after the 2024 model year. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission delivers quicker acceleration and blindingly fast shifts, however.

While the R is an impressive performance car with surprising acceleration, its temperament and electronic guardrails make it less engaging to drive than something like the Toyota GR Corolla. That said, the R’s all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring and selectable drive modes puts an impressive amount of power to the ground, and the DSG transmission is far from being a slouch.

[Images: Volkswagen]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Tassos Tassos on Jun 10, 2024


    • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Jun 10, 2024

      German and Dutch safe words are difficult. Sound them out before the pain is too intense. That way the police aren't called.

  • 1995 SC 1995 SC on Jun 11, 2024

    As I don'y have near enough 90s crapboxes to consume my retirement, perhaps I need a Mk II GTI to take up my free time

  • Slavuta I just though, with this rate we could make Cinco De Mayo a national holiday as well. Since we have tens of millions of American Mexicans, and probably more than African Americans
  • Wjtinfwb Well, it LOOKS pretty great for 36 years old and 356k miles! I've seen plenty of 2 decade newer trucks that looked like a shrapnel bomb went off inside and and exterior that looked worse. This owner got everything out of that truck it had. Time to let it retire to the farm.
  • Wjtinfwb Stellantis. They've gone from Hero to Zero in 24 months with some really stupid decisions and allowing politicians to influence their business. They also hung onto old products way too long and relied on RAM and Jeep to pull them through. RAM plays in the most competitive market of all, full-size trucks and competition is brutal with Ford and GM keeping their foot to the floor on development and improvement. Chrysler now has one model, a 5 year old van. Dodge made a living off old cars with stupendous power, that's gone with the mothballing of the Hemi. The Hornet is an overpriced joke. Now they have new Durango Pursuit's self-destruction because of a plastic oil cooler that self destructs and dumps oil into the coolant lunching the engine. Grand Cherokee, a staple of Jeep has not been well received and has limited power options due to canning the Hemi. Now they've got to build interest around the Hurricane turbo in-line 6 in trucks, Charger's and Jeeps. If that engine turns out to be problematic its likely lights out in Sterling Heights.
  • Ajla Tim, any chance when you "pop on" you can have someone look into why comments under your authored posts don't allow any formatting, links, or editing?
  • Rick Old I.T. security weenie here.Not only can I live without it, I recently boughta 2024 Civic sport touring because the 2025 did awaywith a couple of things I wanted.First no manual transmission.Second the Garmin map went away and Google apps willcome installed. Google apps are a big security hole.Android auto and Apple Play just end up sending even more info off to Apple or eventually Google. I will spend extra for Sirius XM to avoid any google routed audio. or Apple Itunes. I never pair my phone to any car I own or rent and I leave locationservices disabled.