Does the 2022 VW Golf R come with all-wheel drive?

By Product Expert | Posted in New Models, Performance, VW Golf R on Monday, November 16th, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Interior cockpit of 2022 Volkswagen Golf R

Legions of drivers are just about going wild for the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, and it’s no wonder why: the hotly anticipated performance hatchback promises to be the most advanced vehicle to bear the Golf nameplate so far.

Advanced performance, however, can mean different things to different people. For some, all-wheel drive is an essential element of truly top-tier motoring. Will the 2022 Golf R come with all-wheel drive?


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Yes, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R will come standard with 4Motion® all-wheel drive. Not only is VW outfitting the 2022 Golf R with AWD; it’s outfitting the 2022 Golf R with the most sophisticated version of its 4Motion® all-wheel drive system ever offered in the United States. For details on what exactly sets this new 4Motion® set-up apart from lesser AWD systems, read on!

Another exciting upcoming VW ride is the all-new model known as the Taos.

Advanced 4Motion® All-Wheel Drive on the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R

Rear-angled view of a 2022 Volkswagen Golf R

The 2022 Golf R experience was built to focus on cornering ability as well as all-around performance excellence. To this end, the upgraded 4Motion® system boasts the ability to not only shift power between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. Other key elements include torque vectoring capability and a new Vehicle Dynamics Manager.

The addition of such technology results in a more natural, agile, and precise driving experience. Though AWD systems like this have been seen before, they’ve been restricted to supercars and more expensive performance rides. The 2022 Golf R makes top-tier AWD performance more widely available than ever.

Torque Vectoring

Though the 4Motion® system on previous VW vehicles was able to switch power between front and rear wheels, it was restricted to keeping a 50:50 split from side to side. The new rear differential, by contrast, can direct 100% of its available power to whichever wheel is on the outside of a corner. This technique, known as torque vectoring, goes a long way to reducing understeer and boosting agility,

Vehicle Dynamics Manager

The 4Motion® system on the 2022 Golf R is also paired with a new Vehicle Dynamics Manager. This system takes responsibility for handling the electronic differential locks and DCC adaptive damping. Regarding the latter, the VDM can adjust individual wheel damping 200 times per second.

Seamless System Collaboration

During torque vectoring, the Vehicle Dynamics Manager is responsible for deciding how much torque to apply to each of the rear wheels. It also can apply brakes to further slow the inside wheel when taking corners. If sensors spot oversteer or understeer, the above elements can be mixed and optimized to rectify issues in real-time.

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