VW Golf R Photo: Supplied
VW Golf R Photo: Supplied

New Volkswagen Golf Prices and Specifications

Daniel DeGasperi | Aug, 30 2018 | 0 Comments

A lighter and louder Volkswagen Golf R is coming to Australia courtesy of a Special Edition complete with an Akropovic exhaust, beefier brake package and racier alloy wheels.

Due to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2018 and priced from $61,990 plus on-road costs, available as a hatch only with a dual-clutch automatic, the Golf R Special Edition will ask $5500 more than the recently updated hot hatch priced from $56,490 (plus on-roads)

Described as a “very special limited release” by Volkswagen Australia, the ‘SE’ delves into the factory-fitted R Performance parts bin that have been available in Europe but previously not here.

The Akropovic exhaust delivers an “unmistakeable, deeply resonant exhaust sound” – press release code for pops and crackles – thanks to four pipes of titanium alloy construction that save 7kg over the regular 1450kg Golf R.

Performance front brakes are borrowed from the not-for-Oz and Nurburgring-taming Golf GTI Clubsport S, with 340mm cross-drilled discs of high performance composite construction saving another 2kg, teamed with performance brake pads. These “provide enhanced stability and are less prone to fading in a high-performance environment.”

Finally, gloss-black ‘Pretoria’ 19-inch alloy wheels (the overseas model pictured has a silver finish) save 1kg per corner, reducing unsprung mass and taking the total weight-loss haul to 13kg.

“The Golf R Special Edition immediately stands apart in the performance market with the unique offer of the Akropovic exhaust package, performance brake package and lightweight alloy wheels,” announced Volkswagen Australia product manager Todd Ford.

“Equipped with these bespoke factory fitted performance components as well as additional premium standard equipment enhancements, the limited release Golf R Special Edition is not only a more focused Golf R, but one which represents tremendous premium value and really does exemplify our ‘performance everyday’ philosophy.”

Ford added that the reason for the Golf R Special Edition was due to “the much-publicised European availability of new Golf R performance options in 2017” that “subsequently generated huge local interest and enquiry.”

Adding to the performance parts are standard black door mirrors, a Special Edition tailgate badge, 400-watt Dynaudio sound system, adaptive cruise control, active lane-keep assistance, a blind-spot monitor and black leather trim, with the single option being a $1900 panoramic sunroof.

A unique colour is further available, with the Turmeric Yellow metallic available in standard Golfs now joining Deep Black pearl, Pure White and a “signature R” deep blue on the list. It is not clear how many Golf R Special Edition models will arrive, but Drive understands that Australia’s position as the third most popular market in the world for performance Golfs gives the local arm a good foundation to argue for increased limited edition production.

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