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  1. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen unveiled the Mk8 Golf R today and it will make 315 hp 310 lb-ft of torque. Although that’s a modest upgrade from the European Performance model, the American model will make the full 315 hp this time, so there’s no more Atlantic power gap. That means 27 more hp and 30 more lb-ft of...
  2. Volkswagen News Blog
    The Mk8 Golf is on its way and VW insiders are calling it the biggest generational improvement ever in the Golf R’s history. Whether it lives up to the hype, we won’t know until November 4 (very early in the morning because of time zones).  What we do know is that it will be powered by VW’s...
  3. Volkswagen News Blog
    The Gold R’s unveiling is just around the corner, but before we get to see it, we’ll have to satisfy ourselves with videos of it testing at the Nurburgring.  Apparently uncamouflaged, the R looks pretty handy around the fearsome track. Able to carry lots of speed through the corners, we have...
  4. Volkswagen News Blog
    Despite pulling out of the Goodwood SpeedWeek, Volkswagen R still has some news to share. Although it’s not exactly the news we were hoping for, the company announced that they will be unveiling the Golf R on November 4. We’re not expecting any big surprises from the latest generation of the...
  5. Volkswagen News Blog
    Look at how angry it looks! It ought to, because it’s got some pretty ludicrous power running through the front wheels. Thanks to the EA888 Evo4 engine under its hood, the Mk8 Golf GTI Clubsport now makes 295 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. To make is all work through the front wheels, VW has, for...
  6. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen UK has revealed the starting price for the Mk8 Golf GTI. Brits will have to shell out £33,460 for the high-performance hatch.   That’s £50 fewer than they  had to pay for the Mk7 GTI Performance , but it’s also £7,600 more than the base price of the base model Mk7 GTI.   Since...
  7. Volkswagen News Blog
    It is an unfortunate reality that the new Mk8 Golf wagon is highly unlikely to be sold in the US. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t gawk at it from afar. Sixty-six millimeters longer than the outgoing model, the new variant takes advantage of its extra size to add more legroom and cargo...
  8. Volkswagen News Blog
    Three pictures of the Mk8 Golf R have leaked on Instagram. They show juicy tailpipes, a pretty effective-looking diffusor, and the new R badge ( you know, the one we showed you before everyone else ) on the rear of the car. They also show the new rim and the nice blue brake caliper (also...
  9. Volkswagen News Blog
    VW tuner Oettinger has just revealed a first look at its parts for the all-new Golf Mk8. The oldest VW tuner of all keeps the mods subtle with its line of new aero parts for the newest Golf. Oettinger, which has been modifying VWs for more than 70 years, says these parts are wind-tunnel tested...
  10. Volkswagen News Blog
    Although not explicitly a performance version, the much-anticipated Mazda 3 turbo will give the new Mazda 3 a welcome boot in the root when it comes to performance. And thanks to a video uploaded too soon(?) by Mazda Mexico, we now have some specs on the compact hatch. The headline, of course...
  11. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen South Africa enlisted the help of former F1 driver Eddie Jordan to introduce its latest Global Touring Car. Based on the Mk8 Golf, it’s the first official race car we’ve seen built on the new Golf’s chassis. The car is a shift for Volkswagen SA, which previously raced Jettas in the...
  12. Volkswagen News Blog
    Although no Mk8 Golfs have reached our shores yet, the European tuning houses are giving us a hint of what to look forward to when the GTI and R (but probably not the TSI) come to North America. The latest house, Germany’s Ingo Noak, has a couple of visual mods all ready for us. A chin spoiler...
  13. Volkswagen News Blog
    Last week, we spoke to VW’s resident hot-shoe, Benny Leuchter about the Mk8 GTI and why he believes it’s even better than the Mk7. And now we footage of the car running through a battery of handling tests. The new GTI is supposed to be pointier on turn-in, which VW’s ISO lane change test...
  14. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen is apologizing for an ad it posted to its social media channels this month. In a statement, the company’s head of sales and marketing admitted that the commercial was racist and pledged to keep someone accountable. The ad, which has now been taken down, featured a black actor being...
  15. Volkswagen News Blog
    We don’t know what’s going on with Volkswagen’s software, but if the automaker doesn’t sort it out quickly, it runs the risk of becoming infamous for it. Technical glitches have plagued the launch of Volkswagen Group’s most recent models; so much so, it’s starting to become a trend. These new...
  16. Volkswagen News Blog
    With countries like the UK suggesting that they may ban internal combustion engines as early as 2030, Volkswagen’s ID range of electric cars may have to do for us. In a conversation with the UK’s AutoExpress , Jurgen Stackmann, VW’s head of sales and marketing, said that the ID family and the...
  17. Volkswagen News Blog
    The plan, according to the product manager in charge of the Golf, is still for the Mk8 GTI and R to arrive on US shores in late 2021 and will be sold as model year 2022s. That means that if you want a new Golf R in 2021, you’re out of luck because Wolfsburg will be busy making Mk8s. But if you...
  18. Volkswagen News Blog
    It's all well and good to hire the best engineers, but unless you have a driver who can set a car up properly, the result may never matter. And with Benny Leuchter, Volkswagen has a driving ace up its sleeve. The touring car racer has been racing Golfs for a while now and that may be why VW...
  19. Volkswagen News Blog
    Speaking to journalists earlier today, Volkswagen revealed that the standard Golf 8 TSI was unlikely to come to the US. Hein Schafer, senior vice president of product marketing for Volkswagen of America, said that although there's still hope for Canadians, the US is likely to only get the Golfs...
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