Zululand Observer - Weekender
WHEN VW launched the refreshed Golf R in SA in 2017, they gave us a downtuned version - 213kW instead of the full 228kW which Europe received.
However, in February this year VW decided we can in fact, have the extra power, and started supplying SA with a Golf R which delivered all of the turbocharged 2.0-litre’s capacity.
The reason behind VW’s move has not been revealed.
SA has been declassified from ‘hot’ to ‘moderate’. Interestingly, Australia has also been declassified from being a ‘hot’ climate to one where VW doesn’t have to worry about engines exploding owing to the heat.
With the Golf 8 on the horizon, VW’s declassification is good news for hyper hatch enthusiasts because it means we will probably get the full 8 R and not a Golf R 7.9 and a bit.