Prices re­vealed for up­com­ing ‘su­per’ Golfs

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING -

TWO MONTHS af­ter the facelifted Volk­swa­gen Golf ‘7.5’ range went on sale in South Africa, two of the most ex­cit­ing de­riv­a­tives are set to go on sale later this month, namely the GTD and the new Golf R.

Ahead of the pair’s launch, VW South Africa has posted pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the pair on its web­site, with the GTD listed at R506 700 and the R priced at R647 300. Golf GTD Touted as the GTI of diesels, the GTD is dressed up like its hothatch sib­ling and pow­ered by a 130kW/380Nm version of VW’s fa­mil­iar 2-litre TDI engine, mated to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gear­box.

Lo­cal cars come with leather sports seats (heated up front), an eight-speaker sound sys­tem linked to a 20cm touch­screen, cruise con­trol and am­bi­ent in­te­rior light­ing.

The GTD rides on 18” Sevilla al­loy wheels and comes with a styling kit that could see it eas­ily mis­taken for a GTI. LED head­lights are also part of the deal.

Best of all, the GTD costs al­most R40 000 less than the GTI and our ini­tial im­pres­sions indi­cate that it could be the pick of the bunch. Our Jesse Adams drove one in Spain ear­lier this year and was hugely im­pressed by it. Golf R Top­ping the line-up is a re­vised version of the all-wheel-drive Golf R, with out­puts from its 2-litre TSI tur­bopetrol engine raised from 206kW to 213kW, while the max­i­mum torque fig­ure re­mains 380Nm.

As the hottest Golf of them all, the R re­ceives its own spe­cific body styling kit and sports sus­pen­sion, as well as 19” Se­bring al­loy wheels.

In­side it gets the 20cm touch­screen Com­po­si­tion Me­dia sys­tem as per the GTD, along with am­bi­ent light­ing and leather sports seats, but over and above all that the R also comes with VW’s 30.5cm dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter (Ac­tive Info Dis­play in VW speak) as stan­dard.

How­ever, at R647 300, it does come at an al­most R100 000 premium over the R545 800 GTI. - Mo­tor­ing Staff

Comprehensive in­stru­ment panel in­cludes on­board com­puter.

New Golf R is upped to 213kW and a pric­etag of R647 300.

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