2018 Volkswagen Golf performance models launched

2018 Volkswagen Golf R

Aussie arrival for Golf GTI, R

The performance versions of the new Volkswagen Golf 7.5 range have arrived in Australia with more features, and more power than the outgoing versions.

We are at the Australian launch of the new/updated Volkswagen Golf performance range and will be able to bring you reviews of the 2018 version of the Golf GTI and Golf R later in the week (GTI – Wed and R – Thurs).

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In the meantime, we can bring you Australian pricing and spec details and some news on a couple of limited edition models too.

First up, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The external changes being introduced include new LED headlights, tweaked front and rear styling, larger tailpipes and a new-look diffuser on the rear.

Updated alloy wheel designs and some new paint colours feature too (beyond traditional red/white).

Inside the cabin, Volkswagen has taken the opportunity to update the infotainment system software, and a full digital instrument display (known as Active Info Display) is now available in the optional Infotainment Pack.

Speaking of optional packs, Volkswagen is also offering a Luxury Pack headlined by the inclusion of leather interior trim, and a Driver Assist Pack that brings features like Adaptive Cruise Control.

One standard addition to the GTI for 2018 is Autonomous Emergency Braking.

While under the bonnet the sporty Volkswagen welcomes an additional 7kW of power for a new 169kW output.

Torque remains at 350Nm and comes on from just 1,500rpm.

Transmission choice is six-speed manual or new seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

Despite the extra’s, Volkswagen has kept Golf GTI pricing stable at a $41,490 starting price (manual) and $43,990 (auto).

2017 Golf R WagonThe 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is also landing in dealerships now, again there’s more features, while prices remain the same.

Described by Volkswagen as “The ultimate hot hatch”, the Golf R also gets an additional 7kW for a new output of 213kW, along with 380Nm.

The all-wheel drive model boasting a new 4.8 second sprint time to 100km/h.

Like the GTI, R gets new alloy wheels, new paint colour options, and the styling tweaks, and adds features like gesture control, electric driver’s seat, quad exhaust pipes, and unique infotainment system graphics.

You also get access to a performance monitor, with features like a lap timer, in that aforementioned infotainment system (as below).

golf r performance monitorVolkswagen also confirming at this launch that the Volkswagen Golf R would welcome back a wagon version from early next year.

Pricing for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R remains from $52,990 (manual), $55,490 (auto).

Other announcements from Volkswagen today included the arrival in Australia of just 150 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition cars.

All of the special edition offerings are the three-door hatch body style – a welcome return for that configuration after an absence in Australia for some time.

The Performance Edition boasts extra power and torque – 180kW/370Nm, along with a front diff-lock, bigger brakes front and rear, unique interior trim, tinted windows and a free GTI merchandise pack.

There’s also Golf R Wolfsburg Edition cars coming in hatch and wagon too.

Landing next week, the special edition cars boast nappa leather trim, 19″ alloys, upgraded stereo system, carbon-fibre mirror caps, and the Driver Assist pack.

If all that isn’t enough, Volkswagen also confirming with us that a ‘pure’ version of the Golf R is also coming later in the year.

Known as the Golf R Grid Edition, the car is being promised at less than $50,000 (more details to come).

Early 2018 will also see the three-door body style return in what is going to be known as the ‘Golf GTI Original’.

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We will bring you more details on all those new models as it comes to hand in our Volkswagen Golf News section and stay tuned for those first-drive reviews later in the week.

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