Volkswagen Announces Golf R and Tiguan R Specifications
The letter ‘R’ is associated with peak performance and is a favourite amongst South Africans from the Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen is set to launch the most powerful Tiguan and Golf, between October 2022 and early next year, 2023
Golf R – The performance hatch
The Golf R has sold over 6000 units since its inception in South Africa back in 2007. The Golf is known for being aimed at a young and outgoing target market, and its performance variants have been a massive success locally. The eighth iteration of this renowned performance hatch aims to be more efficient, dynamic, powerful, and enthralling. It will be powered by a 2.0l four-cylinder engine, reaching top speeds of 250km/h, and doing the 0-100km/h sprint in just 4.8 seconds, with an all-wheel drivetrain. The Golf 8 R comes with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox, and has a claimed fuel consumption of 7.8l/100km. Standard features in the new Golf 8 R include mobile inductive charging, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and an electric tailgate and luggage compartment, ‘Discover Pro’ system with satellite navigation, Wireless App-Connect and Voice Control, 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels, Adaptive Chassis Control including driving profile selection, Light and Vision Package, which include high beam control light assist, Nappa leather seats as well as a choice of three exterior colours, namely Pure White, Lapiz Blue Metallic and Deep Black Pearl.
Tiguan R – Volkswagens most powerful SUV
Performance SUVs are all the rage now with many manufacturers coming to the fort with these vehicles. The Tiguan is synonymous with a family-oriented and adventurous lifestyle, but that has now changed, and it is now a force to be reckoned with. The Tiguan R will encompass a power output of 235kW and accelerate the 100 km/h sprint in just 5.1 seconds. Featuring an all-wheel drive system, the Tiguan R, with a top speed of 250 km/h, Volkswagen aims to give outstanding agility and confident handling. The new Tiguan R combines the dynamic performance of a sports car with the variability, practicality, and durability of an SUV. The standard exterior equipment here includes bumpers in R design with aerodynamic elements in high-gloss black or the car’s exterior body colour, exterior mirror covers in matt chrome, unique high-gloss black rear diffuser, black wheel housing extensions, 20-inch Misano alloy wheels, Lights and Vision Package (with Auto Dimming Rear view mirror and rain sensor), panoramic sunroof and Park Distance Control in the front and rear. One has ten exterior colours to choose from when opting for the Tiguan R.
The Golf R and Tiguan R come standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, 5 year/ 100 000km Maintenance Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Volkswagen says that the pricing for the new Tiguan R and Golf R will be confirmed closer to the launch date in October 2022 and early 2023 respectively.