The VW Golf R. Volkswagen must surely be credited with the invention of the hot hatch, for the Mk1 Golf GTi melded the pace and handling prowess of then contemporary sports cars with the comfort and practicality of a more spacious vehicle. It was a resounding success and changed the face of the small-car motoring landscape from that point.
VW have refined and improved the GTi with every generation and whilst there were blips on the way, the Mk6 Golf R was a dramatic return to form. The heavier and thirsty V6 of the Mk5 was replaced with a lighter and cleaner inline 4 cylinder engine, matched to VWs ubiquitous Haldex all wheel drive system. Based on the Volkswagon Audi Group’s PQ35 platform, it was compact of external measurement yet spacious inside. The bodywork was conceived by VWs then head of design, Walter de-Silva, with much work going into achieving class leading aerodynamics as well as classy aesthetics.
The inline 4 cylinder produced 266 bhp and with this power apportioned through all four wheels, made for a very fast road car. The dash to sixty was completed in 5.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 155mph. With a lighter engine upfront, the Golf R also handled with aplomb.
The Golf R is a fitting halo model within the Golf range and capable of delivering driving thrills to rival sports cars of a far higher magnitude.
RHD, Rising Blue metallic (4C4C), Vienna leather seats black (WL3), Talladega 19” alloys in gloss black (PIA), Adaptive chassis control (PDD), Sunroof electric glass (PS5), Parking sensors with rear view camera (WDD), Luxury pack (PLB), Cruise control (CCS), Automatic lights, Climate control, Bluetooth, Satellite navigation, Privacy glass.
Handsome and understated, yet with obvious sporting intentions, this Golf R looks stunning in an immaculate coat of Rising Blue metallic paint. The gloss black alloys contrast sharply with the paint, as do the gloss black grille and vents. Subtle ‘R’ badging in chrome and the rear exhaust with its two centre mounted pipes denote this as the halo car of the Golf range.
This Golf presents beautifully with virtually no blemishes to report. All of the gloss black detailing is in fine fettle and it is clear that this was a very cherished car within a private collection.
Solid build quality, exceptional ergonomics and classy design are hallmarks of the VW Golf interior with all of these aspects found here. The comfortable and supportive Vienna leather sport seats in black give a feel of quality and contrast well with the high gloss black and titanium trim details, giving a quality yet sporting feel to the interior.
The sunroof lets in light, adding to the feel of spaciousness and this highly specified example also has the rear view camera, adding to an already comprehensive specification.
The interior of this car is as immaculate as the exterior, the leather presenting exceptionally well with no rips or tears. The rear seats look to have had very little use and the interior trim details are also in excellent condition.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The powerplant in the Golf R is a paragon of efficiency and power. Rated at some 266bhp, this compact and lightweight 4 cylinder engine gives the Golf R both the pace and handling ability to make excellent use of the easily accessible power it produces.
As most modern engines are, this one is shrouded over but remains incredibly clean, a testament to the low and careful miles this Golf R has covered.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 19” Talladega alloys strike the perfect balance of elegance, with the gloss black finish and silver VW centre cap giving a strong racing aesthetic. They are without flaw, with not a scratch or mark to be seen.
The tyres are a wholesome 19” in diameter, sized 235/35/19s on both axles. The highly praised Dunlop Sport Maxx GT provides the rubber and all four are in great condition, showing good tread.
With just one owner from new, this Golf R was supplied new in June 2010 via Lancaster Volkswagon Loughton. It has enjoyed very thorough servicing as annotated below.
31/08/11 – Drift Bridge VW, Epsom – 1,293
21/11/12 – Drift Bridge VW, Epsom – 3,364
25/10/13 – Drift Bridge VW, Epsom – 3,793
03/11/14 – Lookers VW, Battersea – 4,202
02/11/15 – Lookers VW, Battersea – 4,284
17/01/18 – Cotswold Prestige Cars – 4,569
The history file includes the full book pack all stored in VW’s black leather wallet, along with the spare key.
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