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  • Writer's pictureMpho Mahlangu

VWSA Announces Specification for R Models

South African performance car lovers have been waiting for quite some time for the all-new Golf R and Tiguan R. Gladly enough, the wait is almost over! The local arm of Volkswagen has officially announced that the Golf R will be launched in Mzansi in early 2023 however the Tiguan R will be launched locally in October 2022. Local pricing for both models will be announced closer to the respective launch dates.

With almost six thousand units of the Golf R sold since introduction locally in 2007, Volkswagen will be aiming to continue the success story with the latest model as it features more dynamism, more efficiency, and more digitization.

Engine and Power

Volkswagen has decided to utilize the familiar EA 888 engine once again for the new Golf R. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine produces 235kW and 400Nm of torque, with power being sent to a new 4MOTION system with R-Performance Torque Vectoring. The hot hatch makes use of a 7-speed DSG as standard. The Golf R will achieve the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.8 seconds and continue accelerating to a top speed of 250km/h.

A world first highlight is the AWD system networked via a Vehicle Dynamics Manager along with other running gear systems such as the electronic differential locks and adaptive chassis control DCC. The close integration of the different systems offers the Golf R optimum traction control and neutral handling with the greatest level of accuracy.


Standard specification in the Golf R includes mobile inductive charging, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry with safe-lock, electric tailgate and luggage compartment, Discover Pro with satellite navigation, wireless app-connect and voice control, 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels, adaptive chassis control with driving profile selection, light and vision package with high beam control light assist and nappa leather seats. Three exterior colors are on offer, namely: Pure White, Lapiz Blue Metallic and Deep Black Pearl.

Optional extras available to customers include IQ.Light LED Matrix headlights, Akrapovic exhaust, head-up display, Harmon Kardon sound system, parallel park assist, rear assist with a rear view camera, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, lane assist with electronically folding side mirrors, travel assist with lane assist and adaptive cruise control, IQ.Drive Adaptive cruise control with front assist, autonomous emergency braking and the black performance package with drift mode, an increased top speed of 270km/h and black 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels.

First-Ever Tiguan R

Launching locally in October 2022 is the most powerful Tiguan, the Tiguan R. The performance SUV features the same 235kW and 400Nm of torque as its hatchback sibling. The performance SUV completes the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.1 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h. Power, like in the Golf R, is sent to all four wheels via the new 4MOTION with R-Performance Torque Vectoring. The Tiguan R joins the existing T-SUV range in Mzansi.

Extended technical equipment in the Tiguan R includes a powerful 18-inch brake system with blue brake calipers, a DCC chassis which is 10mm lower and a driving profile selection with an additional R profile. A 7-speed DSG is fitted as standard with large paddles for manual control present behind the steering wheel.

Standard specification in the Tiguan R include the bumpers in R design with aerodynamic elements finished in either high-gloss black or body-colored, exterior side mirror covers finished in matte chrome, a distinctive high-gloss black diffuser at the rear, black wheel housing extensions, 20-inch Misano alloy wheels, light and vision package with auto dimming rear view mirror and rain sensor, panoramic sunroof and park distance control for both front and rear. The performance SUV is available in ten exterior colors. Also standard in the Tiguan R are nappa leather seats with ‘R’ logos, customized digital cockpit which includes an integrated lap timer, carbon grey decorative trimmings which are illuminated, discover pro, active info display and keyless entry with safe lock, an electric tailgate and luggage compartment.

Optional extras available for customers include a trailer hitch, IQ.Light LED Matrix headlights, Akrapovic exhaust, 21-inch Estoril alloy wheels, head-up display, mobile inductive charging system, Harmon Kardon sound system, area view camera system with park assist and park distance control, IQ.Drive adaptive cruise control with lane change system, park assist with and autonomous emergency braking, IQ.Drive adaptive cruise control with pedestrian monitoring and autonomous emergency braking and front assist as well as the trailer manoeuvring system with park assist.

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