Volkswagen Golf 8 R to Debut in South Africa with Unmatched Power and Cutting-Edge Features

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Volkswagen Golf 8 R to Debut in South Africa with Unmatched Power and Cutting-Edge Features

After facing production constraints and parts shortages, Volkswagen is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated arrival of the Golf 8 R, the most powerful hatch to grace the South African market. The Golf 8 R promises to redefine performance and driving pleasure for auto enthusiasts in the region. Steffen Knapp, Head of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, expressed excitement about introducing the new Golf 8 R, which joins the Golf GTI and Tiguan R as Volkswagen's performance derivatives in South Africa.

Unrivaled Power and Performance

The Volkswagen Golf 8 R boasts impressive power and performance, living up to its reputation as the most potent production series Golf ever made. Equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder EA 888 engine, the Golf 8 R produces a remarkable 235kW of power and 400Nm of torque. With this exceptional powertrain, the hatch accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a blistering 4.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 250 km/h. The combination of 400Nm of torque, state-of-the-art running gear, and an advanced all-wheel-drive system makes the Golf 8 R a true force to be reckoned with on the road.

Exceptional Features

The Volkswagen Golf 8 R comes generously equipped with a host of standard and optional features, showcasing Volkswagen's commitment to delivering premium driving experiences. Some of the standard features include mobile inductive charging, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry with safelock, the 'Discover Pro' navigation system, Wireless App-Connect and Voice Control, and 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels. Additionally, the Golf 8 R includes Adaptive Chassis Control with driving profile selection, Light and Vision Package with light assist, and Nappa leather R sport seats. Customers can choose from three exterior colors: Pure White, Lapiz Blue metallic, and Deep Black Pearl.

Optional Upgrades for Enthusiasts

For those looking to further enhance their driving experience, the Golf 8 R offers an array of optional features. Noteworthy upgrades include IQ.Light LED Matrix headlights, Akrapovič R Performance exhaust, Head-Up Display, and the Harman Kardon sound system. Safety and convenience options include Parallel Park Assist, Rear Assist with a rearview camera, Blind spot monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist, and electronically folding side mirrors. The Travel Assist system, coupled with Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, ensures a seamless and safe journey on the road. Enthusiasts can also opt for the Black Performance Package, which introduces drift mode, an increased top speed of 270 km/h, and stylish black 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels.

Pricing and Warranty

The Volkswagen Golf 8 R comes with a starting price of R912 800, which includes VAT and emissions tax. Additionally, Volkswagen offers a comprehensive warranty package, including a 3-year/120 000km warranty, 5-year/100 000km EasyDrive Maintenance Plan, and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval for the Golf 8 R is set at 15 000km.


With the Golf R's long-standing success in South Africa, the new Golf 8 R is set to continue this legacy with its unparalleled power, cutting-edge features, and dynamic performance. Don't miss the chance to experience driving excellence!

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