It's finally here! The first VW Golf 8 GTI touches down on local soil

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2021 Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI
2021 Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI

Volkswagen will launch the Golf 8 GTI countrywide during the third quarter of 2021.

The Golf 8 GTI uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that produces 180kW and 370Nm.

The Golf 7 GTI sold over 14 000 units since its launch in South Africa in July 2013.

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After months and months of waiting, the first eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI has arrived in South Africa with the hot hatch set to launch from the third quarter of 2021.

The brand plans to launch it via a digital local premiere along with countrywide customer events which will allow enthusiasts to be among the first to experience the new Golf GTI.

Clock is ticking

Steffen Knapp, Head of the Volkswagen Passenger Car Brand, says: "We are working closely with our German counterparts to ensure that we get as many Golf 8 GTI units for the local market as possible. A few Golf 8 GTI units started arriving in the country from mid-April. These units will be stockpiled until we have enough vehicles for the launch at the beginning of the third quarter."

2021 Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI
2021 Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI


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SA is one of the biggest Golf GTI markets outside of Europe. The Golf 7 GTI sold over 14 000 units since its launch locally in July 2013.

READ | Volkswagen reveals SA-bound Golf GTI specifications - here's what you should know

It was also the best-selling model range in the A Hatch segment in the country last year with a 29.1% segment share.

2021 Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI
2021 Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI

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