What does Mk8 mean in regards to the 2022 Golf R?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, New Models, VW Golf R on Friday, December 18th, 2020 at 9:31 am
2022 Volkswagen Golf R in futuristic room

Looking at Mk8 on the 2022 Golf R

If you’ve been looking at the upcoming Golf R, you’ve probably also come across the moniker “Mk8.” In fact, Volkswagen likes to toss it around pretty freely- they must really like the sound/look of it. What does this mysterious label refer to?


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Interior front cabin of 2022 Volkswagen Golf R

Mk8 refers to the model generation of the new Volkswagen Golf R. It’s short for “Mark 8,” with mark being another word for generation. As one might expect, this incarnation is the successor to the Golf R Mk7. It features many innovations analogous to those of the Mk8 Golf GTI.

What makes a new generation of a vehicle?

Each time a vehicle is completely redesigned, it kicks off a new generation. Each generation typically lasts four to six years. Within a generation, vehicles receive light refreshes and updates.

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Why is the word “mark” used to designate a generation?

Using the word mark for a generation probably started because a “mark” is often used to measure height or progress. This usage and abbreviation of the word mark is not only used for cars. For example, in the video game “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots,” the protagonist Old Snake has a small robot that can be controlled remotely, known simply as “MK. II.” After this robot meets an untimely demise, it’s replaced by “Mk. III.”

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Is the Golf R really in its 8th generation?

In an interesting twist, sources typically put the Volkswagen Golf R at five generations. The first production year for the model was 2002.

So why are we at Mk8 now? It’s because the Golf R is based on, and measured alongside, the standard Volkswagen Golf. The original Golf R started when the Golf was in its fourth generation. So the first Golf R was the Mk4.

Since then, a Golf R has been released with each subsequent Golf generation. We are now entering the era of the Mk8 Golf.

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