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Beefier Volkswagen Golf GTI now available locally


WE REMEMBER when Volkswagen launched the seventh generation GTI locally, thinking it was strange that the performance pack was not made available immediately, as it was overseas. We love Golf GTIs and Rs locally; they account for the most proportion of Golf sales so it was only a matter of time before VWSA made a more potent version available.

A new middle contender

The new model is called the Performance Pack and it slots in between the standard GTI and the mighty R model. It gets 7.0kW more for an output of 169kW/350Nm, which means performance gains in the form of a quicker 0-100km/h time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 248km/h, while consumption remains at 6.4 litres/100km.

DSG and DCC now standard

The Golf GTI Performance Pack comes with a DSG transmission and the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) as standard. For those who aren’t aware, the DCC system controls the damper valves via a control algorithm, which sets the damper characteristic. This means that the driver can choose between "Comfort," "Normal" and "Sport" modes depending on the driving environment. It’s a very effective system which, in combination with the new front differential lock (which uses the ESC, EDS and XDS+ to control traction), makes the Performance Pack a more adept performer.

Does it look any different?

GTI enthusiasts will note ared GTI logo at the back, GTI logo on the front brake calipers, which allude to the larger brake discs, which now measure 340mm up front and 310mm at the rear.

Warranty and service

The GTI Performance Pack comes standard with a three-year/120 000km warranty as well as a five- year/90 000km service plan.


2.0 TSI Golf GTI Performance Pack 169 kW DSG                  R447 800



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