VW TO LAUNCH SUB-$50K GOLF R

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VOLKSWAGEN Australia has announced details regarding its forthcoming cut-price Golf R. Dubbed the ‘Grid Edition’, it ditches leather upholstery for cloth, uses a smaller infotainment screen and forgoes the active dash to shave $5500 from the pricing of regular Golf R variants.

The six-speed manual hatch will be offered at $47,490, the DSG hatch at $49,990 and the DSG-only wagon $51,990. All models will be mechanically identical to the standard Golf R, including the 213kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo four, with the Grid Edition’s only identifiable exterior difference being black door mirrors.

It’s part of a hot hatch offensive from VW, with the recent Mk 7.5 fast Golf swelling with the limited-run three-door Edition 1, specced-up Wolfsburg editions and a forthcoming back-to-basic GTI three-door called the ‘Original’, which will be offered at less than $40,000.