How the world is changing has been hammered home quite harshly by the Covid-19 pandemic and we all are realising what was, may well no longer be – and too, the VW Golf 7 is making its final change before bowing out.
The swansong edition is the 213 kW limited edition Golf GTI TCR – available from dealers from May at a price tag of R669 000.
Since it 2013 launch, the Golf 7 range has sold 40 128 units in South Africa. Of the total Golf sales, 13 230 (33%) of those were the GTI derivative, which makes South Africa one of the top 10 markets worldwide for Golf GTI.
The Golf GTI TCR is derived from the racing car of the same name; the two-time overall winner of the international TCR racing series.
The Golf GTI TCR, which will only come in a 5-door version in South Africa, is distinguished by the standard black 19-inch Reifnitz alloy wheels, perforated disk brakes, matte black exterior mirror caps, sill extensions, front splitter, TCR roof spoiler and a diffuser at the rear.
In the interior, Alcantara door inserts and the gear lever, premium Alcantara sport seats with GTI TCR detailing with a new fabric design as well as floor mats with black and red stitching, further accentuate the Golf GTI TCR. Additional interior features include climatronic air-conditioning and red ambient light strips and an exclusive sports steering wheel.
The Golf GTI TCR also features standard technology such as Dynamic Chassis Control including driving profile selection, Active Info Display, Parallel Park Assist and LED headlights.
The Golf GTI TCR comes with a host of standard features and is the only model in the Volkswagen range in South Africa where the only optional features are the colours. Customers can choose between the following colours; Pure White, Tornado Red and Pure Grey.
Another exclusive offering just for the Golf GTI TCR customers in South Africa, will be a unique number that will be placed under the GTI logo at the rear of the car and a personalised ownership certificate.
The Golf GTI TCR, with 6-speed DSG, reaches 100 km/h after just 5,6 seconds. The standard Vmax increases the maximum speed from 250 km/h to 264 km/h. The torque is 380Nm at 1 950 r/min – 5 300 r/min.
The Golf GTI TCR comes standard with a 3-year/120 000km warranty, 5 year/ 90 000 km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is 15 000 km.