CKD 2021 VW Golf GTI, Golf TSI R-Line (Mk8) officially teased in Malaysia
CY Foong · Nov 15, 2021 02:20 PM
A couple of weeks ago, we pretty much dropped a bomb (or at least golf-balled sized hails) when we published undisguised shots of the locally-assembled (CKD) 2021 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 in both R-Line and GTI guises.
Following that, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has opened registration of interest (ROI) for both models and recently uploaded a couple of videos on social media. The videos were released two days apart and featured the TSI R-Line and GTI variants respectively.
As we had reported and confirmed before, the Mk8 Golf will be assembled locally at Volkswagen’s plant in Pekan, Pahang. This would be the first time the GTI will be built locally but it wasn’t the first time for the Golf as a whole.
Back in the late 1970s, the Mk1 Golf was assembled locally at the Assembly Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB) plant in Shah Alam. ASSB is now owned by the UMW Group and makes Toyota models but back then, it also assembled other makes when it was owned by the Inchcape Group.
Details are still scarce on what powers the Golf R-Line. Some markets like Australia offer the regular Golf with a 1.4-litre TSI engine while other markets offer the newer 1.5-litre TSI unit. Both engines produce the same power output at 150 PS and 250 Nm.
Meanwhile, the Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine (245 PS/370 Nm) and is paired with a 7-speed DSG.
Prices for these cars are still yet to be announced, though it’s expected to be lower than the last-gen, imported Mk7.5 models. Don’t get too excited though, the price drop might only be ever so slightly.
For reference, the Mk7.5 Golf 1.4 TSI was last priced at RM 174,100, while the Golf GTI retailed at RM 240,030.