Volkswagen will deliver its most powerful Golf model yet at the end of this year. As part of the Golf R 4Motion update, VW is upgrading 4Motion, its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system.

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Golf R 4Motion Update: Torque Vectoring Changes Everything

The new Golf is built for performance with 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. But the 4Motion upgrade is by far its biggest selling point. In general, 4Motion can divert up to half of the engine’s total power to the rear axle. Normally, each rear wheel gets half of the diverted torque. The system’s differential allows the wheels to rotate independently. This gives you improved control while turning corners.

Power Distribution

The Golf R 4Motion update builds upon the existing technology. It includes a new torque vectoring system that allows the driver to send 100 percent of the rear torque to each rear wheel.

What does this mean for the driver? Total control around corners, better handling, and improved performance. Additionally, the new 4Motion system prevents over-or under-steering by perfectly calculating the rear torque distribution on every turn.

The changes don’t stop with the Golf R 4Motion update. This powerful system now hooks up with the Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM). VDM brings together the torque vectoring axle, electronic differential locks, and adaptive damping system for an even better driving experience.

Golf R 4Motion Update

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In particular, torque vectoring is a fun feature used in the Golf’s “drift” mode. For safety, the infotainment system prompts drivers to indicate that they’re on a private road or track. After confirming, drivers can switch into drift mode, which changes the car’s stability control limits.

From there, the fun begins as the Golf makes computerized adjustments for maximum drift. You can also make manual changes to have as much (or as little) control as you’d like while in drift mode.

2022 Golf R Basics

Apart from the Golf R 4Motion update, the 2022 Golf R is loaded with other attractive features. It has a smooth, sleek exterior design with a sporty, clean interior. It will have a large digital display packed with infotainment features. Additionally, the Golf will offer plenty of space for passengers and cargo.

Next, we know that the 2022 Golf will have six driving modes. Drivers can select between Comfort, Sport, Race, Special, Drift, and Individual depending on the terrain and their driving style.

Finally, if the 2019 Golf R is any indication, the 2022 Golf R will likely have complex driver assistance and safety features. The current model has lane departure warnings, blind-spot monitoring, cruise control, and emergency assistance capabilities.

Details are still forthcoming. But the Golf R 4motion update is enough to get us excited about what else the next-generation Golf will have to offer.