VW Golf R finally goes on sale in SA

Long awaited VW Golf R finally available to local enthusiasts

Reuben Van Niekerk
New model
Golf R
VW Golf
VW golf R
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On 25 April 2023 the long-awaited Volkswagen Golf 8 R will finally go on sale in South Africa. Production constraints and parts shortages in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed Volkswagen’s plans to launch this model locally but finally this high-performance model will be available to local enthusiasts.

The new Golf R surpasses everything that has been launched in the Golf model range to date. Under the bonnet is a revised EA888 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, engine that offers 235kW and 400nm. Paired with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive this allows the Golf R to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250km/h, while offering in gear acceleration that will leave many supercars in its wake. The all-wheel drive system works in conjunction with the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, electronic differential locks and adaptive chassis control to ensure optimum traction and neutral handling.

Standard equipment in the Volkswagen Golf R includes mobile inductive charging, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, Discover Pro navigation system, Wireless App Connect and Voice Control, 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels, Adaptive Chassis Control, Light and Vision Package and Nappa leather R sport seats.

Buyers are also able to choose from a long list of optional extras including IQ.Light LED Matrix headlights, Akrapovic R Performance Exhaust, Head-Up Display, Harman Kardon sound system, Parallel Park Assist, Rear Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist, Travel Assist with Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking System. Enthusiasts are also able to specify the Black Performance Package which includes drift mode, an increase of the speed limiter to 270km/h and black 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels.


The Volkswagen Golf R is sold as standard with a three-year/120 000km warranty and a five-year/100 000km EasyDrive Maintenance Plan.

VW Golf R 2.0 TSI 235kW DSG                     R912 800