An EVEN faster version of the fastest Volkswagen Golf could be on the cards for Australia after it was teased in an official video.
Volkswagen posted a video titled ‘Golf R Performance’ on its YouTube channel, highlighting several extra features for the hot hatch to be “introduced at a later date” as part of a package.
It describes the model as: “Even rawer, even less compromising, even more strong-willed.”
Features not included on the ‘regular’ Golf R that will reach Australia in August in updated form include ‘air curtain’ side intakes borrowed from the GTI 40th Anniversary Edition, V-spoke wheels in black rather than silver, black roof lip spoiler, and a titanium exhaust system from specialists Akrapovič.
The additions for the all-wheel-drive Golf follow the move for the front-wheel-drive Golf GTI hot-hatch. The latest GTI Performance offers more power and torque – up 11kW to 180kW and 20Nm to 370Nm – as well as larger brakes.
It’s not yet clear whether the special exhaust system will liberate any extra power for the R’s 213kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The video suggests the Golf R Performance will only match the regular version’s 0-100km/h acceleration of 4.6 seconds, though a clip of the digital speedo reaching 267km/h suggests its top speed will be slightly higher.
VW Australia spokesman Paul Pottinger wouldn’t be drawn on the R Performance teased in the video but says Australia couldn’t ignore the popularity of hotter Golfs.
“We do very well with the R, and periodically it has outsold the GTI. If you ask whether we would consider different R versions created for Australia, yes, too right we will. It’s a niche in which we’re very much interested.”
In 2015, Volkswagen Australia introduced a $58,990 wagon-based Golf R Wolfsburg Edition, which included various features and appointments exclusive to this market.