Will it happen or not?
Straight out of the box, the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is an incredible all-wheel-drive hot hatch. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes an impressive 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual or a fast-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. But there's still one question that remains unanswered: will there be a more powerful Golf R Plus? Volkswagen has remained dead silent on this subject, which makes sense given that the Golf R was unveiled only a few short weeks ago.
But Motor1 noticed something interesting in the comments section from the Volkswagen R YouTube channel. A recently uploaded video (definitely worth watching, by the way) that discusses a bit more in-depth the hot hatch's advanced torque vectoring system, resulted in numerous comments and, conveniently, the channel's administrators responded to many.
One commenter asked directly what many of us have been wondering: "Is there going to be a plug model??" The channel's response was very direct: "Thanks for your interest! There is no plus model planned. :) Best regards, your VWR Team."
Now, it's important to bear in mind the channel's administrators may not have complete details regarding future product plans. Typically, automakers keep this information very close to the chest for obvious reasons. But let's just assume it's true no Golf R Plus model is on the horizon, this doesn't necessarily mean a separate high-performance model with a new nameplate hasn't been ruled out.
For example, there have been past rumors a hybridized performance version is in the works with upwards of 402 hp. If so, it's not expected to arrive any time before 2023. Still, we're getting a little ahead of ourselves here because the new Golf R isn't planned to go on sale until sometime later next year. It deserves to have time in the spotlight before it's potentially upstaged.
Pricing for the 2022 Golf R has not been announced, but it certainly won't be any cheaper than the outgoing generation's $40,000 base price. A Golf R Plus variant (and even a hybrid, for that matter) could interfere with sales for the overseas-only Audi RS3 Sportback, a situation VW Group intends to avoid.