We all have a little bit of an adventurer in us. It comes in all shapes and sizes. For some it’s taking a hike up Mount Everest, for others it’s making sure you finish your shopping before your free parking runs out. For others, on the other hand, it’s a little bit faster-paced than that. It’s being given the opportunity to own a car that comes stock standard with 228kW. For that, we have the powerful Golf R.
The seventh-generation Golf R is as magnificent as always, with a striking design from nose to tail. A dynamic and sporty look has been created by the ‘R’ designed bumpers, coupled with LED headlights and LED taillights. The tailpipes have been strategically placed further out to the side of the car to highlight a wider appearance. Fine details such as Matte Chrome (or as an optional Carbon) exterior mirror housing caps lend a strong sporty feel to the car. This is all driven by 19-inch wheels. The Golf R is offered in the following colours: Tornado Red, Pure White, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Indium Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect; Oryx; White Mother of Pearl Effect and the classic Lapiz Blue Metallic paint finish.
When greeted with a car that is known for being a ‘sports car’, there is always the chance that your comfort within the cabin will be overlooked or compromised. The big emphasis lies typically in the performance of the vehicle. That, however, is not a problem for the Golf R. The Volkswagen designers and engineers managed to marry the elements.
The custom Golf R seats are designed for both comfort and practicality. They are a snug fit for those tight corners and a comfortable companion for the long road. As with all the Golf models, the infotainment systems, such as the optional 9.2-inch Discover Pro with gesture control, are also available.
Standard on the Golf R is the Active Info Display, panoramic sunroof and drive profile selection, which includes the Sport Human Machine Interface (HMI) feature. Adaptive chassis control is an optional extra and offers the same function — Sport HMI. The Sport HMI of the infotainment system on the centre console shows current engine parameters such as power output and G-force in play.
Somehow, Volkswagen managed to add more power to the seventh generation Golf R, increasing the power output to 228kW from 213kW — making it the most powerful Golf ever sold by Volkswagen South Africa. With its 2.0 TSI engine, it smashes 0 -100 km/h in 4.6 seconds flat.
Spending The Bucks
Spending R676 000.00 on the 2.0 TSI R 228kW DSG is not a bad deal considering what you get. Top all of that with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty, and your next adventure just got a whole lot more exciting.