Volkswagen launches most powerful Golf ever sold in South Africa – with prices

Following the launch of the new Golf TSI and Golf GTI face-lift in May, Volkswagen has introduced two more performance models in the Golf range, namely the Golf R and Golf GTD.

The Golf R’s popularity in South Africa continues to strengthen and together with the GTI makes up nearly 60% of Golf sales in South Africa, with over 350,000 Golfs sold in the country since its launch four decades ago.

Traditionally, the Golf R has always been the most powerful model in the comprehensive Golf range. The power output of the latest Golf R moves to 213 kW, making it the most powerful series Golf ever sold in South Africa.

The company also launched the GTD – described as the “GTI among the diesels”  it is Volkswagen’s only performance diesel derivative hatch to be launched in South Africa and is driven by an entirely new four-cylinder TDI of the EA288 series which can also be found on the Volkswagen Passat – a transverse mounted, charged two-litre engine with common rail direct injection.

The 2.0 litre TDI engine develops 130kW at 3,600 to 4,000 rpm. Its torque is a substantial 350 Nm.

These performance models create a new benchmark for assistance systems in the compact class, employing technologies that will significantly improve safety. These include the optional Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert as well as Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking System.

VW said that the newly designed bumpers, LED headlights and LED tail lights of the new Golf R create a design that takes on an even more dynamic look. The tailpipes were placed further out to the sides; this gives the car a wider appearance. The upgraded exterior mirror housing caps come in Chrome Matt or optionally in Carbon and there are also various 19-inch wheel choices.

As in all new Golf derivatives, the new infotainment systems, such as the 9.2-inch Discover Pro with gesture control are also available in the new Golf R. Standard on the Golf R is the Active Info Display, panoramic sunroof and drive profile selection which includes the Sport HMI feature.

Visually, the Golf GTD looks similar to the new GTI, with just a few individual nuances. The differentiating characteristics are the chrome strip on the GTD, which now extends into the headlights compared to the red trim strip on the GTI radiator grille. At the rear, the GTD can be made out by the dual tailpipes on the left side (in chrome). The Golf GTD is exclusively equipped with new 18-inch wheels.

Similarly to GTI, the GTD has additional air inlet openings in the front bumper; a honeycomb structure of the air inlet screens; LED headlights with an unmistakable light signature and a pronounced roof spoiler.

The engine line up of the models includes the all-new GTD with 130kW and the Golf R with 213kW.

  • 2.0 TDI with 130kW: The new EA288 engine spurs the Golf GTD on to extremely sporty driving performance. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds; the Volkswagen also sprints from 80 to 120 km/h in 7.5 seconds (in fifth gear) and reaches a top speed of 230 km/h.

This GTD is driven by an entirely new four-cylinder TDI – a transverse mounted, charged two-litre engine with common rail direct injection. Its maximum torque is 350 Nm which is available over a broad rev range between 1, 500 and 3, 500 rpm.

With a 6-speed DSG, the GTD has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.3 l/100 km, exhibiting the fuel consumption of a highly efficient car.

  • 2.0 TSI with 213kW: The new Golf R rockets to 100 km/h in a 4.6 seconds. This gain in dynamics is not only attributable to the new 7-speed DSG, and the standard Launch Control feature of this model; rather, it is also due to the overall high engine output. That is because the DSG version offers a maximum torque of 380 Nm (between 1, 850 and 5, 300 rpm). Fuel consumption on the new Golf R is 6.9litres/100km.


  • 2.0 TDI 130kW GTD DSG: R506,700
  • 2.0 TSI R 213kW DSG: R647,300

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