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South Africa is a massive market for VW fans, with the Golf GTI selling as many models as the regular Golf on a frequent basis.  But for those petrolheads who wanted a bit more than the GTI, but wanted the involvement of a manual gearbox, the Golf R wasn’t really viable, as it was only available with a DSG gearbox… until now.

After selling over 740 units since its launch in February, Volkswagen SA has taken the decision to allow drivers to swap cogs manually in the range topping R.  The 206kW, 380Nm super-hatch, equipped with a Haldex based four-wheel drive system is capable of a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5 seconds dead when equipped with DSG transmission – however with the newly available manual ‘box, drivers need only sacrifice 0.2 seconds (5.2s 0-100km/h) in the sprint in return for a more engaging drive.

The VW Golf VII R Manual is priced from R485 400, whilst the DSG model starts at R499 990.

For full details on the Golf R, click HERE.

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