The Volkswagen Golf R will farewell showrooms with with a new eye-searing palette. Where VW’s primo hot hatch has always rocked a sensible, buttoned-up design language when compared to outlandish offerings such as the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type-R, the Golf R Final Edition – as the name suggests, the last hurrah for the seventh-generation model – doesn’t stick to the script.
From the final run of 450 units, 150 of them will be sold in either Victory Blue, Viper Green Metallic (remember the Kermit-esque Scirocco R?) and Violet Touch Pearlescent paint. These three shades are ‘Volkswagen Colour Concept’ custom orders for which the car is removed from the assembly line to be hand-painted in a separate shop.
To further stand out, all final-run Golf Rs coming here will sit on 19-inch ‘Black Pretoria’ alloy wheels, and be fitted with gloss black door mirrors, Nappa leather-appointed upholstery, and a Dynaudio ‘premium’ audio system.
The Golf R Final Edition will be available in May priced at $57,990, with the cool paint jobs an extra $300. The standard Golf R hatchback remains on sale from $55,490.
The 213kW Golf R is Australia’s most popular primo hot hatch. Of 14,335 Golf hatchback and wagon sales in 2019, Golf R variants made up 14 per cent or 2035 sales, of which 1702 were hatchbacks.
So, what comes next? First iterations of the Mk8 Golf arrive in late 2020, probably including the new GTI that’ll be revealed in Geneva this March.
The next-generation Golf R is tipped to rock a boosted version of the current EA888 engine with AWD, but won’t hit our shores until 2021.