Since it was established in 2002, the Volkswagen R division has developed, built and sold precisely 200,000 cars. It was known as Volkswagen Individual back then before being re-branded in 2011 to what it is now.

“Volkswagen R is a small business that employs around 350 colleagues. To have developed and globally sold 200,000 units in 15 years is a big achievement,” said Executive Director of Volkswagen R, Jost Capito.

Keith Williamson (right) with the 200,000th unit of the Golf R.

The owner of the 200,000th milestone unit from the UK specified his Golf R with the Performance Pack and Akrapovič exhaust system. A long-time Golf enthusiast, he also has a MK5 Golf R32 and a MK6 Golf GTI as part of his collection.

“I get so much enjoyment from my Golf GTI and the Golf R just lifts that level of driver involvement even higher. I’m particularly excited about having the Performance Pack on the car”, said Keith Williamson.

Where it all started. Check out our review of the MK 7.5 Golf R here!

Production of the R models started in 2002 with the Golf R32, where the ‘R’ stood for ‘Racing’. Since then, there have been three further Golf R models, plus the Passat R36, the Touareg R50, the Scirocco R, the Golf R Convertible and the Golf R Estate.

Today, the Golf R is available in hatch and estate forms; accompanied by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system.


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Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.