The all-new Volkswagen Golf (8) R and Tiguan R look set to be one of the automaker’s most popular model series, and they’ve finally been released on South African shores. Well, while the Tiguan R is here, those wanting the Golf R still have a long wait ahead of them as it’s only billed to arrive on showroom floors in 2023, maybe. If you cast your mind back, you may remember that the rest of the world had these cars in the beginning of 2021, so while they’re all-new at the same time they’re not. The local release has taken so long that overseas tuning companies have already managed to crack the ECUs to allow proper modifications. There is a bonus to that I guess, local owners will be able to drive straight from the dealership to their preferred tuner. If anyone thinks these cars will remain stock… Those local VW aficionados already know all there is to know about these two models as far as powertrain and drivetrain specs go, but there were questions about local specifications.
The exterior of the Volkswagen Tiguan R in local spec features R-design bumpers, mat chrome mirror covers, a high-gloss black rear diffuser, black wheel housing extensions, 20-inch Misano alloy wheels, the Lights and Vision Package, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear Park Distance Control and its available in six exterior colours. Inside we find premium Nappa leather seats with an ‘R’ logo, a customised Digital Cockpit with an integrated lap timer, a Carbon Grey decorative trim, Discover Pro with satellite navigation, Wireless App-Connect, Voice Control, Keyless Entry with safelock, an electric tailgate and luggage compartment as well as a panoramic sunroof. Technical equipment in the Tiguan R sees fitment of an18-inch brake system with blue calipers, a DCC chassis with adaptively controlled shock absorbers (lowered by 10mm), and various driving modes.
Take a look at the YouTube video from our fav Mat Watson at carwow where he takes a close look at the 2021 Volkswagen Golf R. Yes, that's right, 2021 because that's when the car came out and so this review was from March 2021 a full NINETEEN months ago. It's quite odd that a VW market as healthy as the one in SA has to wait for these models for so long. Most prospective owners will likely only get their ordered cars in 2024, just in time for a series update - they're gonna love that. The Tiguan R video follows below too, also over a year old. Anyway, here's a decent look at the latest (can't call it new anymore) Golf R: VW Golf R 2021 review: see how quick it really is 0-60mph! | carwow
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