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Volkswagen GTI, GTD Get Golf R LED Tail-lights Overseas; Australia Not Confirmed Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Dec, 10 2009 | 5 Comments

VOLKSWAGEN HAS ADDED the smoked LED tail-lights of the Golf R to both the Golf GTI and Golf GTD in international markets, and as an option for the 'regular' Golf hatch range.

Volkswagen Australia Public Relations Specialist Nadine Nethery was unable to confirm when the update would join the Australian line-up, the Golf GTI having launched locally in October.

The updated tail-lights feature 48 LEDs behind a smoked lens designed to dull the brilliance of the lights and protect the eyes of following motorists.

Volkswagen says the LEDs light up 0.2 seconds faster than ordinary incandescent lights, leading to a braking improvement for following cars of 5.6 metres from 100km/h.

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Bi-Xenon headlights join the LED tail-lights as an optional extra on all Golf VI models except for the Golf R, which features the upgraded lights as standard.

The more powerful headlights feature a dynamic cornering system, adjusting the angle of the beam in conjunction with the steering direction.

The Bi-Xenon headlights also offer adaptive periphery lighting dependent on speed.

VW Australia Managing Director, Ms Anke Koeckler, confirmed to The Motor Report that the hot replacement for the Golf R32, the Golf R, is headed here in 2010, and the grunt-filled Golf GTD is also a ?big probability?.

?We expect to have it (the Golf R) here in mid-2010,? Ms Koeckler said. ?It fits very well into the Australian market.

?It will be easy to live with as a day-to-day proposition, and will be a very practical and enjoyable package.?

Pricing and a solid release date for the Golf GTD is unknown, but data obtained from the Australian Government?s Road Vehicle Certification System (RVCS) in August shows that Volkswagen has applied for, and received, ADR certification for the Golf GTD three-door hatch.

Click to read TMR's review of the 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI

 
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