Here’s what the 2023 Volkswagen Golf 8 R will cost you in SA

Volkswagen’s Golf 8 R is finally on sale in South Africa and is accompanied by a price tag of a shade under one million rand.

“Production constraints and parts shortages severely derailed our launch plans, but we are excited to finally extend the performance range in South Africa with the introduction of the new Golf 8 R. The Golf 8 R joins the Golf GTI and the Tiguan R as Volkswagen’s performance derivatives in the South African market,” says Volkswagen Passenger Cars head Steffen Knapp.

The 8R holds the title of the most powerful R-badge Golf ever as the EA 888 engine so generously endows the five-door-hatch with an output of 235kW and 400N.m, which makes it the most powerful production series Golf incarnation ever. Additionally, the all-wheel-drive drivetrain assists in the 8 R’s 4.8 second 0 to 100km/h sprint time.

Volkswagen limits the hot hatch’s top speed to 250km/h while this can be lifted to 270km/h as part of the Black Performance Package.

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Alongside the athletic powertrain is a slew of creature comfort and modern amenities that have tamed its rowdy road-racer characteristics to allow for a greater daily driving experience.

As standard, the Golf 8 R features amenities ranging from inductive charging, a panoramic sunroof, and keyless entry. As for hardware aiding in the 8 R’s driving performance, Volkswagen has introduced features such as Adaptive Chassis Control which includes a drive profile selection feature.

Optional features include IQ. Light Led Matrix headlights, Akrapovič R Performance exhaust, Heads-Up Display, Harman Kardon sound system, Parallel Park Assist, Rear Assist with a rearview camera, and blind spot monitor, to name a few.

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Image: Peet Mocke.

Volkswagen offers a three-year/120 000km warranty, a five-year/100 000 km EasyDrive Maintenance Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty as standard. The Volkswagen Golf 8 R will be available across South African dealerships from the end of April.


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