VW Golf R made even faster

VW has revealed a new upgrade that you can use to amp up your VW Golf R hot hatch to 267kph.

Yes folks, it’s time for the Performance Pack option for VW’s venerable Golf R hot hatch. Not only does VW remove the 250kph top speed limiter to allow that 267kph top speed, you also get better brakes and bigger wheels.

Those brakes are dubbed ‘R-Performance’, and shave 2kg from the braking system’s overall weight. We’re told these ‘built pin discs’ with their aluminium brake pots and cast steel friction ring means that under ‘stress’, the VW Golf R’s braking is more durable. Perfect, VW claims, for when you hit the track.

Elsewhere, the 18in standard-fit ‘Cadiz’ alloys are shelved in favour of 19in ‘Spielberg’ alloys. If you buy the hatch, you even get an extra rear spoiler that adds a not-insignificant 20kg of downforce.

So, harder, more durable brakes, new wheels, more speed. All nice and lovely.

If you want more schportiness, there is something else you can option on your hatch (not for the wagon, sadly) R: a titanium sports exhaust system. This is 7kg less than a regular R’s exhaust, arriving via the medium of exhaust specialist Akrapovic, and features round rear pipes and valve tech for “an incomparable exhaust sound”.

You’ll note there is no power increase, but as standard the VW Golf R hatch (equipped with a DSG ‘box) produces 228kW from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol, and will go from 0-100kph in 4.6s. Probably more, as VW can be quite conservative on those figures… Whether the warm-climate South African market cars, which are down on power compared to the European siblings (213kW) will be eligible for the upgrade, is a decision that VWSA is still considering.

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