Johannesburg - Volkswagen South Africa is now offering the Golf R with the same outputs as overseas models.
While South African spec models were previously detuned to 213kW and 380Nm due to our country being classified as a hot weather market, we now get the same spec as overseas markets, which is 228kW, produced between 5400 and 6500rpm, and 400Nm from 1850rpm.
With launch control activated, the Golf R will sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, according to claims.
When asked for comment Volkswagen South Africa did not elaborate on the exact technical reasons for the output change, but did state that engineers at the Wolfsburg head office ultimately decide on the specifications for various markets and that they had now decided on a "technical release" for the higher-output engine for South Africa.
Power, as before, goes to all four wheels through a seven-speed DSG dual clutch automated gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.