Volkswagen R-Line packages are now available to order for the Golf and Beetle small cars in Australia.
Exterior changes includes sports suspension (lowered by 15mm), "Progressive Steering" that alters the steering ratio based on driver inputs, 18-inch alloys, front bumper extension and larger lower air intake, widened side sills, sportier rear bumper with black diffuser, a rear roof spoiler, tinted rear glass and R-Line badges.
Inside sees changes, too, with sports seats finished in "Race" cloth with microfibre side bolstering, a flat-bottomed leather-lined steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters, aluminium brake and accelerator pedals and door scuff plates (front), black headlining and "Black Lead Grey" inlays on the dash and doors.
The Beetle R-Line package costs $2000 over the regular Beetle ($29,990). It includes fewer items, but still gains sportier bumpers front and rear, body-coloured wing mirrors, 18-inch alloys, R-Line badges, sports seats, aluminium scuff plates, steering wheel-mounted shifters for auto models, and dash-top gauges with boost pressure, oil temperature and stopwatch readouts.
The German brand also offers the Touareg V8 TDI R-Line locally, but Volkswagen Australia public relations manager Kurt McGuiness told CarAdvice the addition of the Golf and Beetle isn't indicative of a full-scale rollout of R-Line versions of all models.
"It's just going to be these models at the moment," he said.
The R-Line packages for Golf and Beetle are available to order now, and the first stocks of R-Line cars are due to arrive within weeks.