Volkswagen unveils the new Golf 8 R with 235kW

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Golf 8 R. Image: Supplied
Golf 8 R. Image: Supplied

• The most powerful Golf yet has been unveiled. 

• The Golf 8 R sports 235kW and 420Nm from its two-litre turbocharged engine. 

• It boasts a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h. 

Volkswagen's eagerly-anticipated Golf R has been unveiled sporting 235kW and 420Nm from its familiar EA888 two-litre turbocharged engine. 

It features, for the first time, 'drift' mode and boasts a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.5 seconds, and a top speed of 250km/h. 

Golf 8 R

Image: Volkswagen Media

Like the versions before it, the eighth generation features a four-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. Volkswagen says this allows 100% of the torque to be sent to one dedicated wheel and reduces understeer to 'nothing' according to the carmaker. 

Compared to a normal Golf 8, the R is 20mm lower to the ground. It is adorned with a bespoke front bumper, and blue brake callipers housing 357mm front brake discs. 

It sits on 19-inch wheels, has body side skirts, and four chrome-plated exhausts at the rear which sit next to a black diffuser on either side. The rear is finished off with a large wing.

There are five different drive modes available, including 'special' and 'drift' to compliment the 'comfort', 'race', 'sport', and 'individual' configurations.  

Inside, the R has black nappa leather seats with 'R' logos festooned around the cabin. 

Volkswagen South Africa says it hasn't nailed down a launch date for the new model but has earmarked either the final quarter of 2021 or the first quarter of 2022 for its lcoal introduction. 

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Golf 8 R

Image: Volkswagen media

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