QOTD: VW Golf – Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone?
VW today announced the end of the road for the Golf, after four decades, nearly 2.5 million sales, and seven generations of the venerable brand. The question is, will you miss the Golf when it’s gone?
Don’t weep too long, as the 2021 Golf is still being produced in quantities that should last through the end of the year. Before that, a 2022 model, the Golf R, will appear in showrooms, a much more robust package than the current Golf TSI, which features a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injection engine. With 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, the TSI engine is mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic.
What is replacing the current Golf will be the 2022 Golf R, a variant we covered previously. The Golf R offers a 2.0-liter EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 315 hp, 27 more than the prior Golf R, and 310 lb-ft of torque, up from 280 lb-ft, the most powerful hot hatch VW has ever sold, at least in the U.S. With the most sophisticated 4Motion all-wheel-drive system yet, all that power can be routed through either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. The 2022 Golf R can reportedly reach 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph on the track.
The strategy VW is employing is one that will keep the Golf in the U.S., and should satisfy the hardcore loyalists who loved the R32, and will likely buy the new R. We wondered if this wasn’t a game plan Mini should adopt, particularly with their sales off as far as they have been. Maybe if they offered only the John Cooper Works versions of their vehicles, it might make them more profitable, and thus sustain the brand in the U.S. indefinitely. It may be a long shot at this point, but we’d rather see Mini give it a shot rather than just folding their tent and going away.
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