Let’s not beat in regards to the bush: the Mk8 VW Golf R is among the most eagerly anticipated efficiency automobiles of 2021. Which actually could not have been mentioned for the Mk7 when it was revealed in 2013. The Mk6 R did not set the world on hearth, being a little bit stodgy and aloof in typical all-wheel drive Golf trend – and missing the rorty appeal of the V6-powered R32s.

Extra of the identical was anticipated from the Mk7, nonetheless spectacular the GTI gave the impression to be. Fortunately, not one of the predictions turned out to be true; the Golf R rising as one of many scorching hatch heroes of current occasions. Now not was the flagship a leaden drive. As an alternative it mixed moreish efficiency with a surprisingly impartial dealing with steadiness, packaged in high-spec VW loveliness. The R did not take pleasure in Focus RS-style horseplay, nevertheless it did lastly show – after a few years of attempting – that all-wheel drive Golfs may very well be good to drive.

Its big-selling success, plus the addition of extra energy and Drift Mode this time round, is why there’s a lot clamour over the brand new R. However there may be one concern proper out of the gate: it is solely being provided with 5 doorways and a DSG gearbox. Which make eminent sense from a producing perspective, as a result of that was the variant folks purchased most of final time round, and is due to this fact the one one VW desires to make. However from the fanatic standpoint, the form of one that grew up lusting after varied GTIs, GSIs and RS Fords with three doorways and three pedals, it appears a little bit of a disgrace. It is the definitive scorching hatch template, in any case.

After all, the writing has been on the wall for these historically configured scorching hatches. The primary Leon Cupra R was launched within the early 2000s with out ever providing three doorways and, infamously, the Clio R.S. 200 arrived in 2013 with rear doorways and a dual-clutch as commonplace tools.

So what to do, then, for these after the modern enchantment of a Golf R however the nostalgic pull of three doorways and a gearstick? Properly, fortunately. with a little bit of categorized digging, there are just a few automobiles configured that means nonetheless to be discovered. Of the 126 Mk 7 Golf Rs on the market on PH, 110 are the hatchback, and 84 of these are the five-door. With simply 24 three-doors to select from, the bulk are nonetheless with the DSG auto. Simply 11 are manuals. And actually, that is 10, except you are after one with 500hp.

Our Spotted is particularly uncommon as it is a facelifted Mk7.5, which introduced revised styling, an up to date inside and an additional 10hp – it is one in all simply two such automobiles on the market. The primary two homeowners of this one have been seemingly very eager on their Golf, the automotive having recorded greater than 50,000 miles regardless of being first registered in 2018. Profiting from a driver-focused spec, clearly…

An asking worth of £22,295 signifies the power of Golf R residuals, however there may be one other drawback to beat – this explicit one is in Northern Eire. Which isn’t tremendously handy for anybody in England, Scotland or Wales. That other facelifted car is white and does with out the snazzy non-obligatory wheels, but additionally has little greater than half the mileage – it is out there in Hampshire for £23,990.

Moreover, rather a lot much less will be paid for the Golf R that will not be made once more; discover an early one and you can pay £15k. Up the finances to £20,000 and a few of the last pre-facelift cars with low mileage are on the market. It is a truthful guess that we’ll all begin to miss what we will not have when actuality hits and the brand new automotive arrives – even when it is nothing extra unique than a three-door, guide Golf.

SPECIFICATION | VW GOLF R (MK7.5)

Engine: 1,984cc 4-cyl, turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed guide, all-wheel drive
Energy (hp): [email protected],500-6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): [email protected],000-5,400rpm
MPG: 35.8 (NEDC mixed)
CO2: 180g/km
First registered: 2018
Recorded mileage: 53,000
Value new: £36,345 (earlier than choices, 2019)
Yours for: £22,295