Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
We’re going to start here because at $61,990 Volkswagen is asking you to spend $5500 more on the Golf R Special Edition than a regular Golf R. So, what equipment is added and is it worth it?
The short answer is, not a lot of equipment, but it’s good gear, and yes, it’s worth it.
This limited edition of 400 Golf Rs sees each example fitted with 'R Performance' options normally available in Europe only, and the total value of equipment added outweighs the extra money you’re being charged. Want the breakdown? Of course, you do.
Just to buy the handmade Akrapovic titanium exhaust would cost $5950. The cross-drilled front brake discs with performance pads go for $900. Then there’s the 19-inch 'Pretoria Black' alloy wheels which weigh a kilo less than the regular R rims and cost $1500 for the set.
And finally, there’s the Dynaudio 400W premium sound system which you can option in Australia for $1000. All up it’s $9350 worth of equipment for an extra five-and-a-half grand.
Then there are all the standard features which come on the regular Golf R such as a 9.2-inch display with gesture control, sat nav, CD player, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch 'active driving display', leather upholstery, auto parking system, heated front seats, power adjustable driver’s seat, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, proximity key and push button start, shifting paddles, front and rear parking sensors, and a three-spoke leather sports steering wheel.
What are the rivals to the Golf R? There’s its sister from a different mister Audi S3 Quattro which lists for $63,900, or BMW’s M140i for $59,990 and as a more powerful (and more expensive) outsider there’s the Mercedes-AMG A 45 for $75,492.