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VRRR PAH! The new Golf 8 R spotted in SA ahead of its 2020 launch

2019-11-29 08:49

Janine Van der Post

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Image: Twitter / Caleb J Schroëter

Social media has been a buzz on Thursday when South Africa made headlines in Europe for some exciting news.

The arrival of the new Golf 8 is getting very real!

The recently-unveiled Golf 8 made its global debut only a month ago in a world premiere event that was live-streamed globally from Wolfsburg, Germany.

UK's popular car news site, Auto Express broke the news of the new Golf 8 R being spotted locally after picking up the post on social media tweeted by SA's Caleb Schroëter.

Schroëter says the image was sent to him a friend in Uitenhage, home of SA's VW plant.

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The car has no registration plates and looks very much like the model in pictures Volkswagen has recently released of its Golf R. We are also not entirely sure if it could even be the GTI derivative without badging.

We're not even asking VWSA as we know the model is down here for testing from the mothership so we won't get any more information. We will just have to wait until next year to see for ourselves.

The car looks to have the optional 19" wheels, according to Auto Express, new headlights, new VW logo, and the slimmer grille, and more slanted bonnet.

Read the original article here.

The automaker says the latest Golf model (in standard guise) will feature more digitalisation and connectivity than ever before, packed with innovations and, sporting a highly expressive design.

Volkswagen South Africa says it will launch the eighth-generation Golf in GTI form first in late 2020, TSi and Golf R models to follow.

Volkswagen confirmed the Golf will be available in two, four-cylinder petrol engines with 66kW and 81kW, two, four-cylinder diesel engines with 85kW and 110kW. There will also be a five-model hybrid line-up with power ranging from 81kW all the way to the sporty 180kW GTE version.

It is still unconfirmed as to which other models will be available locally. More information will be released closer to its official launch in South Africa.


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