The exclusive Golf R celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special series


In the summer of 2002, Volkswagen launched one of the sportiest compact models in the world.

In the summer of 2002, Volkswagen launched one of the sportiest compact models in the world: the first Golf R323. With its 177 kW (241 hp) 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine3, it was the most powerful Golf Volkswagen had ever built.

All-wheel drive, great dynamics and exclusivity of design and equipment determined the Golf segment technologically. The Golf R323 was an immediate success and sold three times as much as expected. Since then, the fastest letter in the Volkswagen alphabet has delighted a community of fans around the world with the brand’s sportiest and most passionate models. To date, more than 260,000 Model Rs have been sold worldwide. Now, Volkswagen R is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Golf R with a commemorative model: the Golf R “20th Anniversary”.

The Golf R “20th Anniversary” will complete the model range from June and emphasize its exclusive equipment. The Golf R is traditionally the most powerful model in Volkswagen’s most successful series of all time.

Even the current Golf R2, with its turbocharged 235 kW (320 hp)2 (TSI), differs in performance from the ‘classic’ Volkswagen Golf of the eighth generation.

But the Golf R ’20th Anniversary’, with its drive technology, surpasses anything that has hit the market with the Golf label to date. With its 245 kW (333 hp) 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, it is 13 hp more powerful than the current Golf R2, making it the most powerful ever.

The first series-produced Golf left the Wolfsburg factory in March 1974 and arrived at Volkswagen dealers from May. Until then, it was the “Beetle”, equipped with engine and rear-wheel drive, the model that dominated the car world for decades, but with the Golf a new era definitely dawned: the era of transverse front engines and front-wheel drive.

This movement was initiated shortly before by the Scirocco and Passat, introduced in 1973. With the Golf, the best-selling range was also adapted to the new technology.

The Golf I, conceived by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Volkswagen, had to meet enormous expectations as the successor to the legendary “Beetle” (of which more than 21.5 million units were built) to continue the success story of the most famous car to date. put in the world. But the modern and safe drive concept, the great variability with tailgate and folding rear seat backs and finally the design were so convincing that the 1 millionth Golf unit was already celebrated in October 1976. The first generation Golf sold 6.99 million units on all continents of the world, including all variants and the Jetta, which was virtually identical in construction at the time.

Source: La Verdad


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