In a world where pretty much everything comes with a waiting list or some kind of delivery delay, it’s refreshing to hear some good news in the auto world. Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it has secured around 1300 examples of the Golf GTI and Golf 110TSI R-Line, arriving soon, and it has cut wait times for future orders.
Orders for the VW Golf GTI were put on pause in Australia for a little bit there due to ongoing supply constraints. But now the local hub says its iconic hot hatch is available to order once again. And it comes packed with features and available technology, unlike some rivals which have had to strip back on features to free up production.
Buyers have the choice of 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension and an electronic-controlled mechanical limited-slip differential, and the option for head-up display and a high-end Harman/Kardon sound system.
As outlined in our recent review, the latest Golf GTI is powered by a potent 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder that generates a balanced 180kW and 370Nm, which, in our opinion, is just about the perfect amount of grunt for a fun front-drive hatchback. All of this is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.
We’ve clocked 0-100km/h in 6.11 seconds with a Vbox and VW claims the sprint in 6.4 seconds. Despite offering exciting performance the official fuel consumption average is a very liveable 7.0L/100km.
As for the Golf 110TSI R-Line, this is the car for those who want the spirit and attitude of the GTI but are not so much interested in the performance and pizazz. It comes with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo that generates 110kW and 250Nm, offering a 0-100km/h sprint in a still-respectable 8.5 seconds.
Volkswagen says “around 1300” units of the GTI and 110TSI are headed for local showrooms soon, and says wait times for future orders are set to be cut to around three months in the “near future”. Volkswagen’s head of product passenger vehicles in Australia, Michelle Rowney, spoke about the availability in a recent press release, saying:
“Inside our headquarters and in showrooms there’s so much love for the Golf, so it has been challenging to have our supply restricted for this iconic hatchback.”