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New Golf R for SA: 221kW/380Nm

2013-08-22 07:10

MOST POWERFUL R YET: Volkswagen has unleashed its most powerful Gollf R. The third generation model makes 221kW and will reach SA early 2014. Image: VW

WOLFSBURG, Germany - The Golf R  is about to join the party in South Africa, joining the GTI and recently unveiled GTD and TDI BlueMotion as the range's flagship. Although the R is sporty and pulled by more horses, it claims a fuel consumption of only 6.9 litres/100km (7.1 for the DSG a/t).

Yeah.

Under the bonnet there’s a new two-litre turbocharged TSI engine whose 221kW/380Nm turns permanent all-wheel drive. That’s about 30kW more than the outgoing model though it claims to be 18% more fuel efficient.

RACE MODE

There’s a sport suspension with the body lowered by 20mm, "refined" steering and "ESC Sport" which can be deactivated for driving on a race track. Optional goodies include the further-developed DCC dynamic chassis control system that includes "race mode".

The six-speed manual makes 100km/h in 5.1sec, 0.2 slower than the DSG auto. Both are regulated to 250km/h.

Styling-wise, the cars get special bumpers, door sills and 18” alloy rims, bi-xenon headlights with light diods  in a dual-U design, dark-red diode tail lights and a two-branch exhaust with four chromed tailpipes.

The Golf R will arrive in South Africa early in 2014.

Wheels24’s SERGIO DAVIDS drove the new Golf VII and GTI models earlier in 2013.

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