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Summer’s almost over but VW’s Golf R is still getting hotter

HOTTER GOLF: More tuning under the bonnet and the VW Golf R is even quicker. Image: VW SA
HOTTER GOLF: More tuning under the bonnet and the VW Golf R is even quicker. Image: VW SA

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – In the 40 years since first unit was delivered – and a new era in motoring was born – more than 350 000 VW Golfs have been sold.

Since the launch of the seventh generation in 2013 the Golf GTI, GTD and R models have made upmore than 45% of all Golf sales in South Africa.

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Now VW has added 15kW to the Gen.7 R performance derivative to take it to 228kW/400Nm and make it the most powerful production Golf yet as sold by VW SA.

HOTTER GOLF: More tuning under the bonnet and the VW Golf R is even quicker. Image: VW SA
HOTTER GOLF: More tuning under the bonnet and the VW Golf R is even quicker. Image: VW SA

It also has top-dog crash-prevention/avoidance goodies: blind-spot monitor, reversing alert, following cruise control and self-braking in an emergency.

HOT ‘BOX

There are three 19” wheel choices, and infotainment systems such as the optional 23cm Discover Pro with gesture control.

The hotter R will be come in red, white, blue or grey metallic, black, or a special blue metallic but the important bit is the engine: the 2.0 TSI can make 100km/h in 4.6sec thanks to a fast seven-speed cogbox and ”launch control”.

So, really, it ain’t the driver after all, it’s the car…

Base price: VW 2.0 TSI R 228kW DSG – R676 000

The car will be delivered with a five-year or 90 000km service plan,
three-year or 120 000km warranty, and a 12-year anti-rust-through warranty.

Service intervals 15 000km.

HOTTER GOLF: More tuning under the bonnet and the VW Golf R is even quicker. Image: VW SA
HOTTER GOLF: More tuning under the bonnet and the VW Golf R is even quicker. Image: VW SA

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