VWoA introduced the new GTI and Golf R at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show press preview. MSRP for the S model with manual transmission is $30,540 including destination fee. The AWD Golf R starts at $44,640 with manual transmission. All models feature a high level of comfort and convenience features such as heated front seats with updated plaid upholstery dubbed “Scalepaper” tartan. And yes, the manual’s shift lever is topped with a dimpled orb.
Sourced from Wolfsburg, these autos continue the Golf’s design formula with a sleeker, sportier theme. VW says GTI/Golf R vehicle dynamics are improved. New electronic architecture includes a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro instrument cluster.
GTI horsepower is up 13 to 241. The R adds 27 ponies to 315 hp. VW limits top for either model to 155 mph.
VW’s IQ.Drive suite is available on all models. It has hands-on semi-automated capability. Expect these hot hatches at your VW store Q4 2021.