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Two performance models join 2017 VW Golf facelifts

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Image: VW SA / Quickpic
Image: VW SA / Quickpic

UITENHAGE, South Africa – Volkswagen SA has introduced another two high-performance models to the just-launched, facelifted, 2017 Golf range. Meet the Golf R and Golf GTD…

The cars are part of the seventh generation of Golfs and and, the automaker says, bring ‘big car’ technology to the compact family car market. The Golf R’s popularity in South Africa continues to strengthen and together with the GTI make up nearly 60% of Golf sales here.

“Traditionally,” VW says, “the R, at 213kW, has always been the most powerful model and makes it the most powerful series Golf yet sold in South Africa.

Image: VW SA / Quickpic
Image: VW SA / Quickpic

“The GTD, our only performance diesel in South Africa, combines the performance of a sport car with the fuel economy of a sub-compact car – the GTI among the diesels” – with an entirely new four-cylinder turbodiesel engine also in the VW Passat – a transverse two-litre with common-rail direct injection capable of 130kW from 3600-4000rpm and torque measured at 350Nm.”


Each can be equipped with blind-spot monitors in the external mirrors, rear crossing traffic alert, auto emergency braking, and adaptive cruise-control.

The Golf R has re-designed bumpers, diode head- and tail-lights, tailpipes placed closer to the side extremems, the upgraded exterior mirror caps come in “chrome” or “carbon” finishes, the latter also available on various 19″ wheel rims.

New are Spielberg (presumably named for the racetrack) 19″ alloy or Pretoria alloy rims in grey metallic.

Image: VW SA / Quickpic
Image: VW SA / Quickpic

The new infotainment centres in the other new Golfs – such as the 23.5cm Discover Pro (with gesture control) – are also available for new R; standard, however is an active information display and sunroof

Adaptive chassis control in an extra on both GTD and R.


The GTD appears similar to the latest GTI: the differences are chromed side-strips on the GTD; the R has red trim on its radiator.

The GTD is exclusively equipped with new 18″ wheel rims; extra air inlets in the front bumper, each with a honeycombed screen; diode headlights with an unmistakable light signature and a pronounced spoiler on the roof.

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From the side, the GTD is identified by the apparently longer roof caused by a pronounced spoiler and by the model-specific alloy wheel rims. The light contours of the standard diode daytime running lights and rear lights stand out in the profile.

Image: VW SA / Quickpic
Image: VW SA / Quickpic


VW 2.0 TDI 130kW GTD DSG – R 506 700
VW 2.0 TSI R 213kW DSG – R 647 300
…which include a five-year or 90 000km service plan, three-year or 120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals 15 000km.

Image: VW SA / Quickpic
Image: VW SA / Quickpic

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