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VW Golf 8 GTI – South African launch date announced

VW South Africa has announced through Twitter and Instagram that the new VW Golf 8 GTI is set to be launched on 19 July at 14:30.

The launch will take place on both Facebook and YouTube, said the company.

Screenshots of the posts announcing the launch are shown below.

The announcement follows VW South Africa stating in late April that it was stockpiling the new GTI for a Q3 launch.

“The Volkswagen Group has been impacted by the global shortage of the semiconductor chips and all vehicles built on the MQB platform have been affected,” said Steffen Knapp, Head of the VW Passenger Car brand, at the time.

It was for this reason that the launch of the VW Golf 8 GTI in South Africa was moved to the third quarter of the year.

Knapp said they were working closely with their German counterparts to “ensure that we get as many Golf 8 GTI units for the local market as possible”.

“A few Golf 8 GTI units started arriving in the country from mid-April. These units will be stockpiled until we have enough vehicles for the launch at the beginning of the third quarter.”

VW said the Golf 8 GTI is one of their most highly-anticipated vehicle launches this year, and South Africa is one of the biggest Golf GTI markets outside of Europe.

“The Golf 7 GTI sold over 14,000 units since its launch in South Africa in July 2013. The Golf was also the best-selling model range in the A Hatch segment in South Africa last year, with a 29.1% segment share.”

Performance

The new Golf 8 GTI has a 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol motor that delivers 180kW and 370Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the automatic model.

This power is sent to the front axle, which is fitted with an electronically-controlled locking differential – offering full integration into the vehicle’s electronic control units.

VW said this technology eliminates the inherent grip disadvantages of front-wheel-drive vehicles.

This allows for the GTI to complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250km/h.

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