The new seventh-gen VW Golf range has been enhanced with the addition of three new optional R-Line packages designed by the company's "R GmbH" division, which is responsible for the brand's performance cars like the Golf R as well as its sport accessories and trims. Available to order in Germany, they include an R-Line exterior package, R-Line interior pack and an R-Line Sport (handling) kit.
Previewed by the Golf Estate Concept R-Line, the exterior package includes redesigned R-Line front and rear bumpers, a rear spoiler in body color, flared sills, a rear diffuser painted black, fog lights, a gloss black grille with R-Line logo, and the option to choose between visible and non-visible exhaust pipes. This package is available for the Highline trim line for €995 ($1,300) and for the Comfortline for €1,180 ($1,540).
For the interior, Volkswagen R GmbH opted for a sporty appearance, adding “Race” cloth sports seats with R-Line logos, inlays in aluminum look for the dashboard and door panels, stainless steel front door sills and pedal caps, black headlining and ambient lighting.
There’s also a leather multifunction steering wheel and gear lever knob with R-Line logos and gray stitching, plus an R-Line logo on the Home screen. The interior package costs €640 ($835) for the Highline equipment line and €945 ($1,235) for the Comfortline. For those who want a more luxurious interior, the “Vienna” leather package is available from €1,755 ($2,295) for the Highline and €2,115 ($2,760) for the Comfortline.
Finally, the R-Line sport package concentrates on improving driving characteristics and comes with sports suspension and progressive steering, plus tinted side and rear windows. This is the cheapest of the three packages, at €430 ($560), for both Comfortline and Highline trim levels.
Volkswagen R GmbH is also offering the new 17- and 18-inch "Salvador" alloy wheels, compatible with all R-Line packages. Expect the upcoming Golf R performance hatchback to borrow elements from these three R-Line packages.
By Dan Mihalascu