• Volkswagen's Golf R stationwagon will not be sold in South Africa.
• It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that makes 235kW and 420Nm.
• The eighth-generation Golf GTI and R models are yet to be launched locally.
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Local petrolheads continue to wait for Volkswagen to launch the eighth generation of its GTI and R performance models.
Besides both being launched in other markets, there is also a station wagon version of the more powerful R.
The more extended version is powered by the familiar EA888 2.0-litre TSI engine that makes 235kW and 420Nm, mated to a seven-speed DSG that sends power to all four wheels. It sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9-seconds while running to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. An optional R Performance package is also available that pushes the maximum speed up to 270km/h.
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Currently only the Audi RS4 and RS6 Avante models are the only available stationwagons in the local market, and considering the Golf's popularity, it's almost somewhat surprising the Golf R wagon won't come this way. However, automakers do loads of market research before taking on these decisions and frankly, if there's not enough interest to make importing a model over to SA, it's best not to. We'd be paying a lot more in taxes and exorbitant prices that just don't make it worthwhile.
What could have been
The front and rear 'R' emblems, twin chrome-plated twin tailpipes and R-specific rear bumper with the diffuser form part of the exterior bits. There are three colours to choose from - Lapiz Blue Metallic, Pure White and Deep Black Pearl Effect. Boot space is rated at 611-litres and can be increased to 1 642-litres with the second row of seats folded down.
Inside is a new multifunction sports leather steering wheel, 'R' emblazoned headrests, and seat centre panels. There is also an optional Nappa leather package that includes active climate control for the front seats and on the insides of the doors.
Also on the inside and aiding the driver is an R-specific Digital Cockpit Pro that offers numerous data that allows toggling between the four driving profiles Comfort, Sport, Race and Individual.
Sven Smeets, Head of R Business Unit, says: "The Golf R Estate is the perfect combination of a compact Golf R and an estate. Sportiness, performance and emotions meet space, versatility and innovation."
Volkswagen's Golf R station wagon will sadly not be sold in South Africa.