If you’ve ever placed an order for the 2018 Golf R, you know you aren’t just getting a powerful 292 hp engine, 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, and a finely tuned suspension system. You’re getting a custom-made performance vehicle with real European pedigree.
That’s because, all Golf R models are manufactured at our flagship facility in Wolfsburg, Germany alongside our other European models.
Thanks to our revolutionary Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, up to 3,820 vehicles leave the facility each day, most of them destined for European markets. Right now, parts from all over the world are coming together to just in time to create the Golf R, in addition to our other European models.
The Press Shop: Where it all starts
It starts with 2,600 tonnes of sheet steel processed in the press shop where 420,000 vehicle body parts are formed. Shells for side panels, doors, lids and hoods that already suggest the car’s final shape are produced by cold forming. Steel from a coil is cut into blanks. In the next step, these are given their three-dimensional shape. A large-capacity vacuum press with a maximum force of 7,700 metric tons (77,000 kN) shapes the blank through a deep-drawing process by driving the ram down with full force.
Body parts that are hot formed in the press shop give the Golf R its structure and ensure optimum crash performance. Steel alloy sheets are heated to 950 degrees. A robot removes the red-hot metal and inserts it stroke by stroke into the pressing tool, where the body parts are shaped and quickly cooled to 180 degrees. As a result, they are much stronger than cold-formed parts.
The Paint Shop: 40 custom colours
The uniform body shell is then bathed in cleaner to remove lubricants, oils and greases. The metal must be entirely free from impurities for the filler and top coats to adhere permanently.
The Golf R then undergoes a 5-coat paint process that begins with primer, followed by a dip coating, a filler coat, the top coat, one of 40 custom colours ordered by the customer, and finally a protective clear coat.
The Assembly: Putting it all together
The painted Golf R body is then transformed into a complete car according to your specifications, thanks to 160 robots and 43 employees. All 230 steps and operations are executed in detail. The chassis and powertrain are married to the body and remaining parts are installed in sequence. Once the Golf R stands on its own four wheels, the lid, hood and doors are adjusted precisely and finally the radiator grille and VW logo are mounted.
Quality Control: Tested again and again The key is placed in the ignition, the engine turned on and each Volkswagen Golf R is put through its paces. Toe, camber and headlights are adjusted. The steering wheel is turned to the central position and the electronic assistance systems tested. Now the Golf R is given its first road test: 625 meters on the vibration track. It is then subjected to a monsoon test to ensure there are no leaks.
In the light tunnel, employees check that doors, lids and hoods close perfectly. They sit on each seat and inspect the workmanship of the interior trims. The aim is to ensure quality down to the last detail.
Each new Volkswagen vehicle has to prove itself for 45 minutes. Only when value has been demonstrated is it sent off to its lucky owner in Canada.
So, when you order a Golf-R, it truly is custom made just for you. It has your name on it from the moment it hits the assembly line, to the second you slide into the driver’s seat.
The Golf R is made for drivers who love to drive. This powerhouse shines on the race track, going from 0-100 km/h in under five seconds. And the luxury sports seats and Carbon Touch trim make it a joy to spend time in.
If you haven’t checked out the the Golf R, find out what it’s all about. You may just decide to have one of your own added to the Wolfsburg assembly line.