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11th June, 2010

The new Volkswagen Golf R is now available locally. As the 'flagship' of the sixth generation Golf range it is equipped with standard Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights. It has manual or optional DSG transmission. At 188 kW it is the more powerful than ever before and at the same time, it is the most fuel-efficient Golf R of all times. It's like a sports car with compact-class fuel economy.

The data in detail: The Golf R sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just seconds. The Golf R performs even better when shifted with the optional direct shift gearbox (DSG): It leaves the 100-km/h mark behind it in a just 5.7 seconds. The best data: While the retired Golf R32 processed 10.9 litres fuel per 100 kilometres, the new Golf R only needs 8.7 litres. This translates to a 1.2 litre better fuel efficiency than the previous model. Accordingly, CO2 emissions are reduced from 259 to 201 g/km (manual) and for the automatically shifted Golf R DSG, CO2 emissions are 197 g/km.

The efficiency gain of the new Volkswagen Golf R is not some trick. It is the result of 'downsizing'. The predecessor generated its power from a displacement of 3.2 litres and six cylinders. In the new model, this is accomplished with four cylinders and 2.0 litres of displacement, which equals a highly advanced direct injection petrol engine with turbo-charging (TSI). Most noticeable at the fuel pump and on the winding mountain road, this high-tech alliance is superior to a classic six cylinder with multi-point injection.

Proving that even the sound of a four cylinder can leave a strong impression are the fifth and sixth generations of the Golf GTI, also powered by a four cylinder TSI. And the Golf R ..... the chrome dual tailpipes of its sound-optimised exhaust system provide a broad "sound spectrum".

The TSI's torque characteristic is just as impressive. By comparison, the six cylinder of the previous model developed a maximum torque of 320 Newton-metres at 2,500 rpm. That was remarkably good. However, the turbo four-cylinder direct injection engine of the new Golf R transfers 330 Newton-metres torque at 2,400 rpm and can maintain this peak value up to 5,200 rpm. This means that the new Golf R delivers a high level of fundamental dynamic performance.

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Golf R 3 Door 6 Speed Manual $48,490*
Golf R 3 Door 6 Speed DSG $50,990*
Golf R 5 Door 6 Speed Manual $49,990*
Golf R 5 Door 6 Speed DSG $52,490*


Electric Glass Sunroof $1,900*
Talladega 19" alloy wheels in Silver or Black (4) $1,300*
Dynaudio Excite 300W Audio $1,300*
Satellite Navigation RNS510 $2,500*
RNS510 with Dynauido Excite $3,500*
Rear View Camera (RVC) (with RCD510, RNS510 or Dynaudio) $500*
Media Device Interface (MDI) $270*
Vienna Leather Upholstery $3,300*
Motorsport Front Seats, Mirco Fibre/Leather Upholstery $5,300*
Electric Driver's Seat (only with Leather & 5 door) $600*
Adaptive Chassis Control $1,500*

NOTE: * Prices are manufacturer list prices (MLP) only. As such, dealer delivery fees and the various statutory charges are not included.


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