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A little over a year ago, we posted about South Africa's Citi Golf line, which combines classic, old-school looks with a more modern interior. Now comes word that the "R" badge has found its way onto a very limited run of 100 cars that is sure to get the VW faithful salivating. The VW Citi Golf R-Line gets Mk1 GTI-style looks and a 1.8-liter, 121-horsepower engine underhood. It will make the run to 62 mph in around 8.5 seconds, and tops out at just under 120 mph.

VW Citi Golf R-LineIn the looks department, that still-good-looking face sees a red border added to the grillework, red brake calipers, attractive 15" wheels, and very subdued spoilers fore and aft. The aforementioned R badging is present on the right side of the grille and on the back of the car. Inside, it looks like the other Citi Golfs, with the golf-ball shift knob, split spoke steering wheel, and a modern gauge cluster. There's no power steering, and A/C is not standard (it can be dealer-installed), but a CD/MP3 player is part of the package. The trick-looking R is already sold out, but a standard-issue 1.8i model will arrive in South Africa later in the year.

Sure, it's an old design, with limited amenities and not much in the realm of safety features, but we'd gladly pony up for one tomorrow if we had the opportunity. Some things are just plain cool, and the Citi Golf R-Line is one of them.

[Sources: Motoring.co.za via German Car Blog, Autoblog Spanish]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      farmerinparadise; of course you're only half right, of course ZA is still the only place where you can have a set of carbon fiber wheels made for your motorcycle. Does that mean nobody wants to make them carbon wheels?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi. I live in SA and have owned 2 "rabbits" as you refer to them. 1st was a 1.6L carburettor 1998 model golf 1. Reading the article of last year, u make a mistake of saying the chassis is same as the mk2. its not, its more an upgraded mk1 chassis. there is stil no rigidity although the handling is comparable to my brothers 2004 G4 TDi with ABS, EBD, etc. braces are available aftermarket to deal with the engine bay stability, see www.autostyle.co.za.

      Further, i have recently sold my old baby and bought a brand new one outta the box. Its a 2007 Velociti 1.6i. 74kW (approx 100bhp) of power and 0-100kph in 9.4 seconds. weight is 940kg (abt 1400lbs). i had my name on the waiting list for the R-type since nov last year, but got impatient and bought the velociti.

      i'm sad to hear on this blog that only 100 were made. will have to keep my eyes open for a 2nd hand one. the reason for the delay of the R-type was that the braking was useless. They tried the velociti brakes (NO abs, vented discs at front and drums at rear). eventually rumour at the VW dealership was that they would transplant the ABS system from the golf5 or polo.

      for those not in the know, we have had every generation and model of GOLF ever made, except the 2 door varieties of the GTi's and TDi's.

      in short nothing compares to a rabbit. although safety has gone out the window, the fun is unbelievable. i dice mercs and beemers in city traffic, they off course are huge and have kak acceleration.

      Take it from someone that lives here, these cars are magnificent.

      sadly i want my next car to be the Golf 5 GTi, else i'm happy with my VeloCiti

      lekker
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what a real Rabbit looks like, not that porky thing we get.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd love one!
      So much character than the current one.

      That'd be better than the new beetle: the old rabbit!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car looks better than the new rabbit, I will agree there, in a way that a 20-30 year old pristine car looks cool. Kinda odd to think that it is new.

      It would never pass current new car crash standards. NO CHANCE. Which is kind of too bad.

      Put the 1.8T in that car, and a limited slip diff, with slightly wider yet tires, and then you might have a real budget hot-hatch rocket.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the next Golf needs to be boxier like this... I like it...always have, but buying an old one that is "new" not sure about that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi

      I would like to find out if I can buy a GOlf Deco 1.6 engine from you and how much does it cost new or new used engines

      Rgds
      Tebogo
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I flew into Johannesburg 20 odd years ago on a regular basis; the repeat joke from our Captain include: "Welcome to South Africa blah blah blah - and remember to reset your wristwatch time back by 20 years".

      It figures. I do like the rally roll-cage thing though!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own one of those babies. Just love it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      dinosch_81
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best regards! Can you tell me how much does a complete engine CITI GOLF 2.0 of the accompanying parts, which is manufactured in South Africa? When I saw this on the internet CITI GOLF I was breathless :-). I have a German production of golf and would like to remake it as the Citi Golf and prolong his life. We hope you'll tell me this information we send you greetings! Edin Bosnia and Herzegovina
      • 8 Years Ago
      Easily the best looking Rabbit ever!
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