Sitting atop the Golf family tree and also jostling for position in the uber-hot hatch category, we took a quick spin in this Vrr-Phah monster to see what’s new for 2018/19.
Die akrobatiese Golf R
Vir een, ongelooflike week het baie individue in my residentiële omgewing óf baie van my gehou óf my manerismes uiters gehaat. Vir een week voel dit ek die betekenis van #Vrrrpha uiters beklemtoon het.
Golf 7.5 GTD / GTi / R toer
Galimoto media is onlangs genooi na Volkswagen se laaste bekendstelling (prettige verkenning) vir 2017. Vanaf die O.R Tambo lughawe sou die uitgestrekte pad ons oor ‘n afstand van 900km neem deur dorpe soos Parys, Kroonstad, Bultfontein, Soutpan, Bloemfontein en Kroonvaal.
33 Miljoen gelukkige kliente
Volkswagen se nuwe Golf GTi is dalk meer as net die “sportiewe” pakkie waarna jy gesoek het. Bekend as die Golf se tweede vinnigste pakket naas die ikoniese Golf R, sou mens jou misgis as jy dink dat hierdie voertuig nét goed is vir die baan. Hierdie is meestal die probleem in die vervaardiging van warm luikrugte wat na Suid Afrika kom.
The best of both worlds
A few months ago, we had the privilege of testing the new Volkswagen Golf GTi 7.5. On the open roads to Graaff-Reinet, this proved to be one of the best cars that we have tested in a while and we really struggled to find any faults with it. Southern Africa is renowned for the highest percentage of GTi’s. In fact, over 350 000 GTi’s have been sold in the region ever since it started with the MK1. Now it is the turn of the Golf R and the Golf GTD to make a trip to our local showrooms and once again, Volkswagen gave us a little taste of what to expect.
Volkswagen just announced the last Golf 7 GTi model, so we take a look at a car closing in on 45 years of existence. To this day, VW’s front-wheel driven high-performance hatch remains a true car for the people. So much so, that 33% of all new Golf owners in South Africa opt for a GTi badge on theirs. That ranks Southern Africa as one of the top 10 countries, when it comes to GTi ownership, worldwide. N.B.: These are local / ZA specs while photos are of international models. Other high-performance Golfs like VR6 or Golf R have been excluded from this list.
The old M3
Over the years I’ve made some conclusions about cars and I’m more than happy to share one of them with you now. If you’re after a performance car, run your finger to the most powerful end of a showroom price list and slide it down one notch. That’s right, don’t buy a BMW M3. Buy a 340i.
Hear ye, hear ye! Today I will dispense more motoring advice collected from the vast armada of vehicles I have tested over the years. In my humble but considerable experience, the ultimate performance car to buy is always second best – one down from the top model.
The grumbling power
Just when you thought it was safe to venture out into the hot hatchback-mad streets again, Volkswagen comes to the late night drag racing party. Their venerable GTi embodies the hot hatch rather well but who will defend the family name at the traffic lights? The Golf R, that’s who.
The frisky number
One of the most popular automotive segments in the world and our country is the hot hatchback. You know the type. Medium-sized, two- or four-door runabouts minus a boot plus a whack of horsepower and go-faster bits. Today I’d like to introduce you to the latest arrival, Chevrolet’s Sonic RS.