Volkswagen fans are likely familiar with the automaker’s R-Line vehicle treatment, which equips vehicles with more sporty exterior and interior. The R-Line is not to be confused with the dedicated performance “R” vehicles such as the Volkswagen Golf R, since R-Line vehicles look like full-out R vehicles, but lack the more capable powertrain of actual R models. Now, Volkswagen has now announced the Golf R-Line, which jazzes up the MK7 Golf with some tasteful cosmetic upgrades.
The exterior modifications to the Golf R-Line consist of a new grille, new intakes with integrated fog lights mounted in the front bumper, new side skirts, a rear spoiler, and a sporty rear bumper with diffuser insert. Further enhancing the exterior appearance are 17-inch alloy wheels arranged in Volkswagen’s “Singapore” pattern. Finally, a revised OEM suspension drops the ride height by roughly half an inch (1.3 cm).
Further sporting touches appear inside the cabin, including stainless steel pedals, new door sills, black and gray accents around the dash, sporty bucket seats up front, a black headliner, a multifunction sports steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shifter for either the six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission.
The Golf in R-Line trim is currently a European-only affair. That’s because, as of this writing, Volkswagen only offers three models in North America in R-line trim, including the CC, Tiguan and Touareg. With any luck, perhaps VW will bring the R-line treatment for the Golf to our shores.