VW sold 125 units of the Golf 8 GTI in South Africa in September, following its sales launch at the start of that month.
This is according to Naamsa, which records the new vehicle sales numbers for 41 auto brands in the country.
The VW Golf 8 GTI went on sale in South Africa on 1 September and is currently the only model on offer in the eighth-generation Golf range.
It will soon be joined by the VW Golf 8 R, too.
These are the only variants in the Golf 8 line-up that are planned for a local introduction, as VW South Africa recently told TopAuto: “In the Golf 8 range, as Volkswagen we are, at the moment, only focusing on the Golf 8 GTI as well as the Golf R.”
Golf 8 GTI specifications
The Golf 8 GTI was first revealed in 2020 and was clearly recognisable as a new-generation GTI, although it looked rather different from the outgoing hot hatch.
It gained thinner LED headlights, a new spoiler and bumpers, round tailpipes, and 18-inch “Richmond” alloy wheels to give it a refreshing look.
Under the hood, it also saw the addition of a more powerful 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine.
Compared to the previous model, the Golf 8 GTI produced 11kW and 20Nm more – bringing its total output to 180kW and 370Nm.
In combination with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the front wheels, as well as an electronically-controlled front locking differential, the VW is able to accelerate to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 250km/h.
The interior then comes with touch-sensitive surfaces that replace the buttons of old, along with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with a 10-inch infotainment display.
The VW Golf 8 GTI has a South African starting price of R669,300.
Each purchase includes a 3-year/120,000km warranty and a 5-year/90,000km service plan.