Autofocus: 2024 Volkswagen Golf R 333 Unveiled
Introducing the 2024 Volkswagen Golf R 333 Limited Edition, where the stage is set for automotive excellence. This exceptional special-edition model, produced in a limited run of just 333 vehicles, emerges as a true force to be reckoned with, drawing its inspiration from the renowned Golf R Performance. With a commanding power output of 333 PS (245 kW), this all-wheel-drive marvel ensures exceptional driving stability and traction. The vehicle is fortified with cutting-edge features, including R-Performance Torque Vectoring and Vehicle Dynamics Manager.
The Golf R 333 demands attention with its striking Lime Yellow Metallic exterior, complemented by sleek black accents that enhance its exclusive appearance. Positioned as a coveted collector’s item, enthusiasts can secure their piece of automotive history by pre-ordering this special edition from German dealerships starting June 2, with deliveries slated for October of this year.
Hakim Halimi, Head of Product Marketing at Volkswagen R, emphasizes, “The Golf R 333 establishes new benchmarks in performance and features, surpassing the expectations of our discerning customers.” Highlighting its prowess, the R-Performance Torque Vectoring, coupled with Vehicle Dynamics Manager, intelligently distributes drive power not only between the front and rear axles but also among the two rear wheels. This advanced capability enhances sportiness, especially during cornering.
Elevating the driving experience, the Golf R 333 offers tailored driving profiles, such as Drift and Special, designed to unleash excitement beyond conventional road settings. The inclusion of the R Performance exhaust system from Akrapovič, featuring titanium rear silencers, and the stylish 19-inch Estoril wheel rims with semi-slick tires underscore the car’s unmistakable motorsports character. Notably, the top speed has been elevated to an impressive 270 km/h, solidifying the Golf R 333 as a pinnacle of automotive performance.
The decision to limit the Golf R 333 Limited Edition to only 333 vehicles is driven by the robust engine power of 245 kW (333 PS) and exceptional torque of 420-newton meters. The engine tuning enhancements result in a highly responsive load change response. To ensure a consistent turbocharger speed during partial-load driving, it is preloaded, enabling rapid power development for immediate acceleration. Additionally, the open throttle valve during overrun phases enhances dynamics and on-road performance. Releasing the accelerator and then accelerating again leads to faster engine torque buildup, significantly improving responsiveness. With an astonishing 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in just 4.6 seconds, the Golf R 333 Limited Edition establishes itself as the best-in-class performer among its key competitors.
Beyond the captivating Lime Yellow Metallic paintwork, this edition expands the color range for the Golf R, already including Pure White, Lapiz Blue Metallic, and Deep Black Pearl Effect. Hakim Halimi highlights, “With its special exterior color, black-painted roof, and unique design decals featuring the 333 logo on the sides, this Golf R is unlike any other before it. As the first Volkswagen R model strictly limited to 333 units, each car features a sequentially numbered badge in the interior.”
The Golf R 333 Limited Edition doesn’t compromise on comfort and advanced technology. Premium sport seats in Nappa leather, with integrated head restraints, offer utmost support during spirited driving. Illuminating the road ahead, the powerful IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, including the Light and Vision package, ensure exceptional visibility. The IQ.DRIVE package equips the car with state-of-the-art driver assist systems, such as Travel Assist, Lane Assist lane-keeping system, Emergency Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop-and-go function. Noteworthy features include a center airbag (front), rearview camera system, and a Harman Kardon sound system with 8+1 loudspeakers and 480 W total output, delivering an immersive audio experience within the cabin.
The Golf R holds an esteemed position in the automotive world, with over 250,000 orders placed since its debut in 2002. Peter Jost, Head of Marketing & Sales at Volkswagen R, recognizes the significance of the Golf R 333 Limited Edition, stating, “This model holds immense importance for our brand, turbocharging the Volkswagen R brand’s allure as an exclusive and highly sought-after range. Every customer can be proud to own an exceptionally rare vehicle, potentially becoming a valuable collector’s item.”
Starting at 76,410 euros, the Golf R 333 Limited Edition can be pre-ordered from German dealerships beginning June 2. Production of all 333 units at the Wolfsburg plant is scheduled for September, with deliveries commencing in October. As an exclusive treat, Volkswagen plans to organize a customer event at the Autostadt for all buyers of the Golf R 333 Limited Edition, providing an unforgettable experience for those who choose to pick up their vehicles in Wolfsburg, Germany.