The Mk8 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R will arrive in the U.S. for the 2022 model year, with production for both moved f
The Mk8 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R will arrive in the U.S. for the 2022 model year, with production for both moved from the current Puebla, Mexico, plant to the company’s manufacturing facility in Wolfsburg, Germany. The Puebla facility will continue to churn out the U.S.-market 2021 GTI Mk7 until the Mk8 arrives (in high-performance form only).
During a virtual roundtable discussion, Volkswagen of America Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy Hein Schafer confirmed the timing of the model launch. “We’re aiming for the back end of next year,” Hein said, later clarifying that the model-year 2022 GTI and Golf R would likely arrive in dealers in the third quarter of 2021, barring any pandemic delays.
The Mk8 GTI will arrive earlier in European showrooms, likely later this year. If recent spy shots are to be believed, the company is already hard at work on at least one special edition of the hot hatch, the more aggressive TCR edition. The TCR should come with 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts) relative to the standard GTI’s 241 hp (180 kW), as well as a lower stance and a larger brake package. When asked about the TCR, Schafer said he was “fighting hard to get all special editions [in the U.S. market].” The previous-generation, limited-run GTI TCR was never offered for sale in America.
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