New Performance Pack now available for Volkswagen Golf R

Available for both the VW Golf R hatch and estate, a new Performance Pack is now on sale in the UK.

The Volkswagen Golf R has just been given an extra bit of on-track focus via a new Performance Pack. Initially detailed at the Geneva motor show earlier in the year, the car's availability has now been confirmed by Volkswagen UK, along with final prices and specifications. 

The pack consists of larger brakes, the removal of the top-speed limiter, 19-inch wheels and, on the hatch, a rear spoiler. Fitted at the factory, the pack is designed to increase the Golf’s on track capability and give the Golf R an extra visual kick.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

> Click here for our review of the VW Golf R

The brakes themselves represent a 2kg overall weight saving from the standard units and feature ‘built pin disks’ that are said to improve pedal feel on track. Silver calipers, as opposed to the black units on standard Golf Rs, distinguish the new brakes.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Without a top speed limiter, the Golf R PP will also hit a claimed 165mph top speed and 168mph in estate form thanks to the slipperier shape and the lack of that rear wing. Speaking of which, Volkswagen claims that the hatch’s rear wing produces real downforce giving a 20kg figure, but at what speed this is produced is curiously not mentioned.

The Performance Pack is only available in DSG form, priced at £2300 on top of the standard car’s £33,995 base price. The price is the same on the estate.

> Click here for our review of the Audi RS3

On top of the Performance Pack, Volkswagen is also offering a titanium exhaust system manufactured by Akrapovič. Integrated into the same rear bumper but with new round outlets, the system is controlled via the Golf R’s driving mode selections, varying volume based on the desired setting. 

Sold separately to the main performance package, the exhaust set up is only available on the hatch for a further £2795, making a Golf R DSG with both options a £39k+ proposition. Option-in some other popular Golf R inclusions like leather upholstery and the upgraded infotainment system and you'll nearly be at the price of the Audi RS3, a far more specialised and performance orientated hot hatch. 

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/volkswagen/202282/new-volkswagen-touareg-r-revealed-vws-performance-flagship-goes-hybrid
Volkswagen

New Volkswagen Touareg R revealed – VW’s performance flagship goes hybrid

24 Feb 2020
Visit/volkswagen/202229/volkswagen-arteon-shooting-brake-spied
Volkswagen

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake spied

13 Feb 2020
Visit/volkswagen/22170/volkswagen-id-r-everything-you-need-to-know
Volkswagen

Volkswagen ID R: everything you need to know

3 Feb 2020
Visit/volkswagen/201750/volkswagen-id3-r-to-receive-tech-from-track-only-idr
Volkswagen

Volkswagen ID.3 R to receive tech from track-only ID.R 

3 Feb 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/used-cars/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
27 Mar 2020
Visit/porsche/911-turbo/202379/new-porsche-911-turbo-gains-lightweight-and-sport-packages
Porsche 911 Turbo

New Porsche 911 Turbo gains Lightweight and Sport packages 

The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo hasn’t been with us for long, but a raft of packages and optional extras are already in the pipeline
26 Mar 2020
Visit/corvette/202016/1200bhp-hennessey-c8-corvette-shown-testing-on-video
Corvette

1200bhp Hennessey C8 Corvette shown testing on video

The C8 Corvette has only just hit showrooms, but Hennessey Performance already has big plans...
26 Mar 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019