Hold on to your hats, sports fans.
If the just-released GTI, GTI Performance and R versions of the VW Golf 7.5 weren’t enough, maybe you should adopt the brace position, because there’s plenty more where they came from.
VW has let slip that a huge mob of hotter Golfs will be hitting showrooms either later this year or early next year.
Among them will be a Wolfsburg Edition of the 7.5 Golf R which will be available in five-door or wagon form.
It will share the `normal’ Golf R’s mechanicals and will include stuff like specific 19-inch alloys, Nappa leather trim, a 400-Watt stereo, (real) carbon-fibre mirror caps, the driver-assist package of active cruise and blind-spot monitoring and an optional panoramic sunroof.
No pricing details on that one yet, but it will be joined this year by a brand-new model dubbed Golf R Grid.
Designed to be a pared-back track-day specialist, the R Grid uses all the Golf R bits and pieces like 4-Motion, 19-inch wheels, 213kW tune of the two-litre turbo motor and the optional seven-speed DSG to arrive at 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.8 seconds. But get this: VW says the Grid will hit the market at a sub-$50K price-point.
If you can wait a bit longer, the new is even better with a Golf R station-wagon permanently joining the line-up from early 2018. But its stablemate for early next year is the one we’re waiting for.
Called the GTI Original, this is another pruned-back model based on the entry-level GTI in manual or DSG form. It’ll be red or white only and three-door only, but with a sticker below $40,000, we can’t wait.