Pricing and specifications for the wider 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' R range have been revealed this week ahead of its August arrival, marking the return of the limited-edition Wolfsburg models, while the more practical wagon version is back as a permanent member of the family from January 2018.
As revealed in May, the Golf R hatch will start from $52,990 with the standard six-speed manual transmission and $55,490 with the seven-speed DSG. The Golf R hatchback sees no price changes with the 'Mk 7.5' update, but adds extra equipment over the vehicle it replaces.
Headlining features include a more powerful 213kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (up 7kW), the new 9.2-inch Discover Pro navigation system with gesture control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch Active Info digital driver's cluster, vienna leather seat upholstery with heated front pews, electrically-adjustable driver's seat with memory function and power lumbar adjustment, power folding door mirrors with memory, privacy glass, 19-inch 'Spielberg' alloy wheels, premium LED tail-lights with dynamic indicators, along with automatic LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights.
Other equipment highlights include dual-zone climate control with 'Air Care' filtration, keyless entry with push-button start, LED interior ambient lighting, adaptive chassis control with selectable driving modes, automatic wipers, automatically-dimming rear-view mirror, along with front and rear parking sensors.
From January, the Golf R wagon will return as a permanent offering, priced from $57,490 fitted as standard with the seven-speed DSG transmission. Extra features for the wagon are limited to chrome roof rails.
Only two options are available with the regular Golf R models: the Driver Assistance Package ($1300) and a panoramic sunroof ($1900). Despite previous reports that may have hinted otherwise, the 400W Dynaudio sound system has been confirmed only for the R Wolfsburg Edition, and will not be available as an option on the regular R.
The optional assistance pack includes advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, proactive occupant protection system, and dynamic light assist.
Also available from launch will be the Golf R Wolfsburg Edition (above), available in hatchback ($57,990) or wagon ($59,990) forms, both equipped as standard with the seven-speed DSG shifter.
Limited to 300 examples in each body style, the Golf R Wolfsburg Edition adds numerous extras like 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels in Grey Metallic, real carbon-fibre exterior mirror caps, 'Carbon' nappa leather seat upholstery, a 400W Dynaudio premium sound system, and the Driver Assistance Package.
The panoramic sunroof remains a $1900 option on the Golf R Wolfsburg Edition.
Volkswagen's Golf R hatch and Golf R Wolfsburg models will land in Australian showrooms in August. The 'regular' Golf R wagon will arrive next January.
2017 Volkswagen Golf R pricing (plus on-road costs)
R hatch (manual/DSG) - $52,990/$55,490
R wagon (January 2018, DSG) - $57,490
R Wolfsburg Edition hatch (DSG) - $57,990
R Wolfsburg Edition wagon (DSG) - $59,990
Driver Assistance Package (Golf R) - $1300
Panoramic sunroof (all models) - $1900
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