Hole in One
Some prefer to walk around for hours hitting small balls with long sticks at tiny holes with a trolley in tow. Others, however, prefer their golf a bit quicker. And there’s no quicker golf than the mighty Volkswagen Golf R. Turners Tauranga has this one for sale right now.
The Volkswagen Golf is massively popular in Europe – they’re everywhere. And ever since the mark 1 model of the mid 70s it was clear there needed to be a fast one. Enter the GTI, the original hot hatch. Every model since has had a GTI variant for those that wanted to go a bit quicker, and when Golf drivers wanted even more speed Volkswagen gave them the R32 - a six cylinder, all-wheel-drive monster that sounded as good as it went. It could sprint to 100kph in 6 seconds and handled pretty well, too.
Since the sixth generation in 2009 the “32” has been dropped from the name and the new Golf R engine has shrunk to a lighter, more efficient 2 litre four with a turbo. However, the performance has just kept getting better and this mark 6 version pumps out a very lively 199kw of power and the 0-100 time is just 5.5 seconds. The four wheel drive system is driven through a clever 6 speed auto box with paddle shift and just to tick all the boxes the Golf R is more fuel efficient than its six cylinder predecessor.
The Golf R isn’t a raw racer though. It’s comfortable, safe, quiet, has a really nice sound system and is easy to live with on a day to day basis. What’s not to like?
A Golf R with the 6 speed auto box like this one would’ve knocked you back $72k when new, which is serious dough for a hatchback. This 2010 example has covered 89,000kms and can be purchased today for $24,880. And there’s room in the boot for your golf bats if you’re that way inclined, too.
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