Australia details have been revealed for the newly updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf R and GTI sports models, along with the 110TDI wagon – although pricing will not be confirmed until next month.
Australian details for the wider Golf hatch range were handed down in March, although the 110TDI diesel wagon had not yet been confirmed for our market. Likewise, details for the R and GTI models had been withheld until now.
Starting from the top, the ‘new’ Golf R is already confirmed as the quickest Golf ever to be offered in Australia, just as the outgoing model was.
While the current 206kW/380Nm Golf R claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds flat in DSG form (5.2 seconds for the manual), the upgraded model now offers 213kW, the same 380Nm, and a new sprint time of 4.8 seconds.
That’s compared to Europe, where the Golf R – not hobbled by our ‘hot destination’ status – offers a mightier 228kW and 400Nm, up from 221kW and 380Nm previously. There, the DSG model promises to hit 100km/h in a slightly sharper 4.6 seconds.
As a point of comparison, the 195kW front-wheel-drive GTI 40 Years Edition offers a brief boost to an identical 213kW and 380Nm, but promises to get to 100km/h no quicker than 6.3 seconds. Comparing again, the regular 162kW GTI of the outgoing Golf range lists a 6.5-second run.
Another card up the updated Golf R’s sleeve is, like the new Audi S3, a newly developed seven-speed DSG, capable of transferring more power than its predecessor.
As before, and in both markets, power in the Golf R is provided by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system features, matched to DSG dual-clutch automatic and six-speed manual transmissions.
“You need not look too far into the past to find the time when 4.8 seconds was the preserve of a Porsche 911,” boasts local Volkswagen group boss Michael Bartsch, himself a former Porsche executive.
Features for the Golf R will include:
Options for the R model are limited to the Driver’s Assistance pack (adaptive cruise control, Lane Assist and blind-spot detection), 400W Dynaudio sound system, and a panoramic sunroof.
Although an Akrapovic exhaust system has been made available to Golf R buyers in Europe, Volkswagen Australia says it is still determining a broader upgrade and accessory range for the local model. To that end, the local arm confirmed availability of Oettinger items in March.
NOTE: Volkswagen Australia data had initially shown the Dynaudio system to be standard. This was an error, now corrected in the details above (as of 26/04/17).
In the less powerful although more historically revered GTI, power again comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, with power upgraded from 162kW to 169kW – matching the output of the current GTI Performance model. Torque is unchanged at 350Nm, and shifter options are again of the six-speed manual and six-speed DSG variety.
Internationally, the updated GTI Performance model now offers 180kW, although timing for that model’s Australian debut is still to be confirmed.
Features in the updated GTI include:
The GTI’s infotainment can be updated to the larger 9.2-inch display, along with Driver Assistance and Luxury packs.
Lastly, the 110kW/340Nm 110TDI Highline wagon, whose features match those of the hatch version detailed last month – including the new seven-speed DSG auto.
Driver Assistance and infotainment upgrades are offered.
Full Golf range pricing will be revealed in May, alongside the Australian launch of the core range.
The 110TDI wagon will be available from July, while the GTI and R models will touch down in August.
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