These racing drivers take full advantage of the Golf R's all-wheel drive system.
As well as offering more power, the hardcore 2022 Volkswagen Golf R has one key advantage over the regular eighth-generation Golf and the new GTI: all-wheel drive. Tanner Foust has already shown us this enables the Golf R to be driven at high speed in the snow, and now Volkswagen is demonstrating the Golf R's snow capability in an unusual drag race.
In a video shared on the official Volkswagen R channel, racing drivers Jasmin Preisig and Benny Leuchter race against each other in Golf Rs on a prepared ice track. Here's the twist: to test their precision driving skills, both drivers also need to stop with the front fascia positioned in a small area marked with cones.
We'll note that the video is in German, but we can still enjoy the visuals.
If the drivers stop too early or too late, they get disqualified. Predictably, one of the drivers claimed they misunderstood the rules.
In a separate video in VW's winter challenge series, both racing drivers get to show off their sideways driving skills in the snow while demonstrating the Golf R's dedicated drift mode. The first challenge requires them to execute the longest drift around a corner while hitting cones with the right rear wheel. The second challenge then tasks them with sliding on a straight section of the snow track without hitting any cones. Yes, it's just as difficult as it sounds. Another challenge tests their precision driving skills in a series of slalom tests.
In the US, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is scheduled to slide into dealerships at the end of the year with a price of around $45,000.
Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. VW is also working on a more practical Golf R performance wagon, but it will be forbidden fruit in the US, sadly.