Press - February 2019

228kW Golf R now available in South Africa

Ok’salayo, new Golf R has more PAH!

If you drive a first generation Volkswagen Golf 7 R, by now you should be over the fact that your colleague that drives a 7.5 R has nicer looking lights and slightly different bumpers. That colleague also has slightly more power, 15kW to be exact. That colleague probably rubs it in your face, reminding you that they drive a facelift and you drive an old car.

What comes around goes around.

If you’ve had to endure the smugness of a Golf 7.5 R driver, you’ll be happy to know that a new, more powerful update has been made to the car. Now, Golf 7.5 owners will have to deal with having the “slower” old car, as their colleagues drive the “new” 228kW version. A further 15kW has been added on top of the 213kW you got before.

Yes, finally VW has given us a Golf R that produces the same power as our friends overseas. For a long time we’ve had detuned versions of the Golf R, due to our apparent low fuel quality. As journalists, we always questioned this because the Audi S3 which is the same car, produced “full” power in SA. Anyways, that’s an argument for another day.

For now, all we know is that the 228kW Golf R will differentiate itself with black badges and a new titanium exhaust system, also in black. Yum. The Golf R also come standard with Active Info Display – meaning you have a digital dashboard. Overall, on the outside the Golf R doesn’t look much different from the current model, so 7.5 owners won’t have too much to worry about. But we all know how it goes, a 228kW Golf R driver will stay say ok’salayo (but still).

 228kW Golf R Pricing in South Africa

2.0 TSI R 228kW DSG                                            R676 000

The Golf R comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan,
3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is 15 000km.