The apex for Golf fanatics

2011-06-14 11:13

The Golf GTI has a reputation for being one of the hottest hatches on the street. Now enter the Golf R, the latest model that has Volkswagen enthusiasts drooling.

The R400?000 beast is kitted out with a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG) for the
top-end. While some might say that there is no way they would pay nearly half-a-million rand for a Golf, real enthusiasts will definitely give their all to own this all-wheel-drive machine.

So what’s the big fuss? For one, Golf R looks even hotter compared to the current Golf VI and its exorbitant price tag is justified considering the standard goods included.

It is set apart by its 19-inch Talladega allow wheels, bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights, black brake calipers with the R-logo and the dual tailpipes fitted in the centre of the rear end.

The sporty bumpers and side skirts are colour-coded, while the exterior mirrors have a glossy black finish and the rear LED lights are smoked.

The cabin is just as sporty with chrome surrounds and accents on the light switch, mirror adjustment and window buttons. There is also the silver lane aluminium touches on the instrument panel and door panels. The sports leather-seats feature the “R” emblem as do the aluminium pedals.

Other standard driver systems included are hill-hold control, LED daytime running lights, a sport chassis and a tyre-pressure indicator.

The multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel has gear-shift controls in the DSG model, which seems to be a hit with the racing type.

Just last week, I spotted four standard models racing on the track making 400m-dash times of 13 and 14 seconds with ease.

The Golf R is a refined version of the Golf VI and has more than an extra 40kW.

It handles far better and drives smoother.

Though it has everything you can think of, there are optional items one can add such as the satellite navigation system, electric sunroof and racing bucket seats in different leather options.

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