Volkswagen’s most powerful Golf ever headed to Oz

Celebrating 20 years since the iconic Golf R32 became the quickest Volkswagen ever produced, the special edition Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years arrives to again reset the benchmark as the most powerful, fastest Golf ever.

The Golf R 20 Years will go on sale on July 13, with 50 units coming to Australia. Priced at $77,490 plus on-roads, the special edition offers significant design and engineering enhancements over the series production Golf R.

Features include an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, power and torque upgrades, with more aggressive sound and enhanced turbocharger performance, a sharper-shifting transmission, real carbon décor inserts, and exclusive exterior styling.

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Plus all Golf R options are ‘ticked’, including premium paint, the panoramic sunroof and Harman/Kardon premium audio. It’s the first time the Akrapovic exhaust has been offered on the Mk8 R locally, adding additional ‘pops’ and ‘bangs’, even low in the rev range.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with petrol particulate filter (PPF) now produces 245kW (+10kW) and 420Nm (+20Nm) for 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, the fastest time of any Golf ever sold in Australia.

This is joined by, following a longer 1.5-second press of the starter button, activating a raised engine idle speed of 2,500rpm. The engine also now delivers a more aggressive sound overall, particularly from 4,000rpm.

Turbocharger ‘pre-loading’ has also been added and allows turbo speed to be maintained while driving in the part-load range (e.g. country driving at constant speed). This delivers faster power development for subsequent acceleration.

It also provides faster build-up of engine torque after releasing the accelerator and then accelerating again, and in the Race profile an open throttle valve in overrun phases.

DSG optimisation includes a noticeable shifting jolt between first and seventh gears when shifting up by pressing the right hand paddle. This is active in manual mode of gear selector positions S and S+.

Exclusive styling elements include 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels painted in black with Lapiz Blue exterior paint, or black and blue with the only other exterior colour alternative – Pure White.

Likewise the door mirrors are painted in deep black (with Lapiz Blue) or Lapiz Blue (with Pure White). A ’20 Years’ badge adorns each B-pillar, and forms a welcome projection light from mirrors.

The Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – now sold out globally – will be available to order exclusively online at from July 13, and then delivered through Volkswagen dealerships.

A total of 32 Lapiz Blue Premium Metallic and 18 Pure White examples will be offered. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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