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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-29-2018, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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VW confirms special edition Golf R


VW has announced that Australia will be receiving a special edition of the Golf R that's set to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year. It will be both lighter and louder than the regular mode, and will come standard with an Akropovic exhaust, performance brakes and premium alloy wheels. It will be priced from $61k, as a hatch only, equipped with a dual clutch automatic.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-30-2018, 08:36 AM
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Looks pretty sleek, and I'm interested to hear what that Akra system sounds like. Shame its been restricted just to Australia. Suppose that's alright if its only available with a DCT.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-31-2018, 09:34 AM
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Like the rims, but it seems a bit overpriced for the slight modifications its gotten. Any ideas as to how exactly they reduced weight, aside from the alloys?
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Apparently weight has only been reduced by around 7kg, so I doubt there are any other changes aside from the new wheels/brakes. I also wanted to note that it will be available in 4 different colors: black, white, blue and yellow. Here's a quick look at 2019 pricing.

Golf R hatch — $56,490
Golf R wagon — $58,490
Golf R Special Edition hatch — $61,990

Options:
Panoramic electric glass sunroof: $1900
Dynaudio Excite 400W premium audio system: $1000 (standard on Golf R Special Edition)
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At those price points, I wonder if it wouldn't just make more sense to step up to an Audi. I know the Golf is a cult car, but there are plenty of new hot hatches in the segment for a fraction of the price.
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At those price points, I wonder if it wouldn't just make more sense to step up to an Audi. I know the Golf is a cult car, but there are plenty of new hot hatches in the segment for a fraction of the price.
Problem is people want a purist hatch that doesn't too much and once you bring it under the Audi umbrella, a lot of Audi-specific things unrelated to performance have to come along for the ride. The Golf has stood around this long for a reason, it works, it has a strong buyer base and is one less product for VW to establish.
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The hot hatch segment is only going to become more competitive, and we are already seeing a bunch of euro based newcomers such as Megane, and SEAT. And I think a lot of people are cautious to take the step up to Audi, because they know that's likely going to mean higher running/maintenance costs.
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The hot hatch segment is only going to become more competitive, and we are already seeing a bunch of euro based newcomers such as Megane, and SEAT. And I think a lot of people are cautious to take the step up to Audi, because they know that's likely going to mean higher running/maintenance costs.
I personally can't wait to see what Chinese car makers can do because already they did well in re-establishing Volvo and this is just the beginning.
A Volvo/Polstar hot hatch done right will sell and in strong numbers... helps that its a Swedish brand.
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The rumored XC20 could even satisfy this need, as I think Volvo said that it would even be offered with a manual. I would love to see the C30 return, but I don't know how plausible that is.
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Does anyone think we'll see a continuous decline of the Golf?
I sure do because as a VW realizes people want utility vehicles, we'll end up finding the Golf's DNA in a CUV or crossover.
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