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2022 Volkswagen Golf R is the most powerful Golf to date and yes, it's coming to the U.S.

The Volkswagen Golf R is the sportiest Golf on the market.

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is the most powerful Golf VW has ever produced. It's being hailed as the sportiest of successors to the last-generation Golf, which has a small but passionate fanbase in the U.S.

The exterior treatment of the Golf R makes it as sporty-looking as the rest of its stablemates. It has a new front bumper with a motorsport-style splitter and R-specific air intake grilles with high-gloss black elements. At the top of the radiator grille, the Golf features a blue crossbar which lights up as an LED strip as soon as the engine starts and stretches all the way into the fenders to act as the daytime running lights. This similar design feature is available on the new ID.4 and Taos.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R The car is very similar to the rest of the Golf stable, but with a few sporty highlights that are sure to please enthusiasts.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

U.S. customers will have their Golf R come standard with a sunroof. Additional exterior design elements and equipment choices include 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, summer performance tires, unique side skirts, blue brake calipers adorned with an R logo on the front, and matte chrome exterior mirror caps that project the R logo onto the road when the doors are opened/closed.

The new Golf R can be configured in three different colors. Lapiz Blue Metallic is the signature color for the R, but it will also be available in Pure White or Deep Black Pearl Effect.

The halo car of the Golf family delivers 315 horsepower, a 27-horsepower boost over the outgoing model, and 310 pound-feet of torque up from 280). Each Golf R gets a turbocharged 1,984 cc four-cylinder engine hat is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Volkswagen has made the new Golf its most digitally advanced Golf to date.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

It comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) and can get from zero to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. The Golf R's top speed is 155 mph. Volkswagen's new AWD system features variable torque distribution for the rear axle, allowing for increased agility with the new Golf R. Electronic differential locks and an active damping system are networked to the AWD via a vehicle dynamics manager.

The interior of the Golf R comes standard with a 10-inch Digital Cockpit with welcome graphic. The driver and front passenger sit on top-of-the-range sport seats, with Nappa leather seating surfaces that feature carbon-look elements with blue accents in the side sections, as well as a blue R logo in the backrest. In front of the driver is a heated and multifunction leather sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, blue contrast stitching, and an R button for direct selection of various driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Race, Drift, Special and Individual).

The Drift and Special drive modes were honed during tuning sessions at the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R The VW "R" is prominently featured across the interior and exterior.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Additionally, there is carbon look dash panel décor; R-specific door trim, brushed stainless-steel pedal caps and driver footrest, and 30-color ambient lighting for the dash panel and doors that is synchronized with the display.

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R will go on sale in the U.S. in the latter part of 2021.

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The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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The new Tiguan sports an all-new front-end design.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is an interesting compact SUV with a fun-to-drive personality and plenty of style. After 14 years on sale, the Tiguan is just in its second generation, but VW has given it a significant update for the 2022 model year that brings new tech, updated styling, and a refreshed interior.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The rear has been massaged with new badging and standard LED taillights. Volkswagen

The restyled Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, SE, and SE R-Line Black. All models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive can be optioned in.

Styling updates are the big story for the 2022 Tiguan. The front end is entirely new and carries design cues from the larger Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. LED headlights are now standard, and an illuminated light line is available for the SUV's grille. On the rear liftgate, the Tiguan model name lettering also mirrors that of the Atlas, with the name spelled out underneath the VW logo.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Most trims get an 8-inch touchscreen.Volkswagen

Inside, the Tiguan now comes standard with heated seats, while a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats are available. Cloth upholstery is standard, while mid-range trims get leatherette. The top SEL R-Line comes with leather and a perforated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Front-wheel drive models come standard with three rows of seating as well, making the Tiguan one of the more family-friendly vehicles in its class.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The top trim gets upscale leather upholstery.Volkswagen

The base Tiguan S comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Volkswagen's excellent MIB 2 software, but all others get MIB 3 infotainment software running on a glass-covered 8.0-inch touchscreen. The automaker notes that it's a capacitive touch system, which functions more like a smartphone than other infotainment systems, which sometimes require pressure to register a touch input. All Tiguans get a digital gauge cluster with an 8-inch display, while the top SEL R-Line upgrades to a 10.25-inch configurable gauge cluster that offers full-screen navigation and other views.

Pricing for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $25,995 for the base S trim with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the prices to $27,495. All Tiguan models will see a $1,195 destination charge tacked on at the bottom line.

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