Volkswagen’s flagship hatchback, the Mk8 R Golf, is absolutely brilliant by all accounts. It’s got some pretty good looks that can be further enhanced with a host of aftermarket parts, it has that turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder powerplant with a healthy 235 kW of power and that new all-wheel drive drivetrain with a DSG transmission. It ticks all the boxes, but sadly if you also tick all the boxes (on the list of the available options) this hatchback with a long history will set you back over a million Rand. Yeah, it is all that, but over a bar for what started out as the poor man’s sportscar means it will only ever be seen in the hands of the wealthy or tenderpreneurs after the latest Vrrr-Pa for Instagram likes. While Volkswagen fanatics know all about the car and a bunch of orders have been placed for the car, we’re only now starting to see them being delivered to customers. Quite sad when you consider we’re now in May of 2023, and the 8R rolled out to customers in December of 2019. That’s pretty much three and a half years after launch. That means while locals have been impatiently waiting to see the car in the metal, the local market has also missed out on some special editions of the Golf 8. One was the Golf R “20 Years” which was created in celebration of the 20th-anniversary of the R-badged cars starting with the Mk4 R32. This one had a bunch of cool changes to make it a bit more special and also included a power bump to 248 kW, or 333 hp.
Take a look at the YouTube video that does a great job of making Volkswagen fanatics sit and think up a gazillion questions about the new version that seems to be called the 333 - is it faster? Does it just have a fancy paint scheme and decals? Will this be the last, last version? Still, we do like what we see: New Golf R 333 Limited Edition | Sneak Peek | Volkswagen R
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