VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R

The Volkswagen Golf is an icon in this country, it is almost a brand within itself. Since it launched four decades ago, over 350 000 have been sold in South Africa. And since the seventh generation Golf model range arrived in 2013, the GTI, GTD and Golf R have made up more than 45% of all Golf sales. It just goes to show how South Africans love performance cars.

The seventh generation Golf R has seen a little enhancement and performance car lovers will rejoice as it is not just cosmetic. The Golf R power output has increased from 213 kW to 228 KW – making it the most powerful Golf ever sold by Volkswagen South Africa. And driving it around a couple of the beautiful passes that the Western Cape has to offer, such as DuToits Kloof and Franschhoek Pass, I can confirm that this enhanced Golf R will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Especially when it comes to the sound vibrating from the optional R Performance Titanium exhaust. It is pure gold. Every time it bubbled and popped I let out a giggle of pure joy. You can also now opt for R Performance Brakes with brake calipers painted black with the ‘R’ logo. There are also various 19-inch wheel choices.

Getting to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds is something you need to be aware of. Cruising along the highway might feel like just that, cruising, but a quick glance down at the speedometer and your heart skips a beat as you realise you are clocking the 160 Km/h mark. It takes you from zero to hero so quickly, but be sure to be on a track or closed road to see its full potential otherwise you will fall straight back down to zero if stopped by law enforcement.

The Golf R is priced at R676 000 and comes with a standard five-year/ 90 000 km service plan and a three-year/120 000 km warranty. Also standard is Active Info Display, a panoramic sunroof and drive profile selection which includes the Sport Human Machine Interface (HMI) feature.

Colour options include Tornado Red, Pure White, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Indium Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect and the classic Lapiz Blue Metallic paint finish – which is popular for good reason, it looks fantastic.

Some might feel the Golf has become a bit boring, we see so many on the roads and we know exactly what to expect when we step in to the driver’s seat. But this shouldn’t be regarded as a negative thing. Like my driving partner mentioned, it’s like a marriage, you’re comfortable but sometimes you need to work on things a bit. The Golf R adds that needed spice and I cannot imagine any Golf fan not appreciating the extra power and grunt of this performance car. It ticks all the boxes and is pretty hard to beat.

The Volkswagen Golf is an icon in this country, it is almost a brand within itself. Since it launched four decades ago, over 350 000 have been sold in South Africa. And since the seventh generation Golf model range arrived in 2013, the GTI, GTD and Golf R have made up more than 45% of all Golf sales. It just goes to show how South Africans love performance cars.

The seventh generation Golf R has seen a little enhancement and performance car lovers will rejoice as it is not just cosmetic. The Golf R power output has increased from 213 kW to 228 KW – making it the most powerful Golf ever sold by Volkswagen South Africa. And driving it around a couple of the beautiful passes that the Western Cape has to offer, such as DuToits Kloof and Franschhoek Pass, I can confirm that this enhanced Golf R will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Especially when it comes to the sound vibrating from the optional R Performance Titanium exhaust. It is pure gold. Every time it bubbled and popped I let out a giggle of pure joy. You can also now opt for R Performance Brakes with brake calipers painted black with the ‘R’ logo. There are also various 19-inch wheel choices.

Getting to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds is something you need to be aware of. Cruising along the highway might feel like just that, cruising, but a quick glance down at the speedometer and your heart skips a beat as you realise you are clocking the 160 Km/h mark. It takes you from zero to hero so quickly, but be sure to be on a track or closed road to see its full potential otherwise you will fall straight back down to zero if stopped by law enforcement.

The Golf R is priced at R676 000 and comes with a standard five-year/ 90 000 km service plan and a three-year/120 000 km warranty. Also standard is Active Info Display, a panoramic sunroof and drive profile selection which includes the Sport Human Machine Interface (HMI) feature.

Colour options include Tornado Red, Pure White, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Indium Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect and the classic Lapiz Blue Metallic paint finish – which is popular for good reason, it looks fantastic.

Some might feel the Golf has become a bit boring, we see so many on the roads and we know exactly what to expect when we step in to the driver’s seat. But this shouldn’t be regarded as a negative thing. Like my driving partner mentioned, it’s like a marriage, you’re comfortable but sometimes you need to work on things a bit. The Golf R adds that needed spice and I cannot imagine any Golf fan not appreciating the extra power and grunt of this performance car. It ticks all the boxes and is pretty hard to beat.

 

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