Volkswagen has placed a new ESP system on its most potent Golf GTI and R models and its entire Scirocco range, enabling the driver to fully disable electronic aids. The carmaker likely made the changes after being criticized by the media and some customers who said that the models were not adjustable or sporting enough, didn’t give full control to the driver, and were too sensible compared with rivals. The new system will be installed on all 2012 model year Sciroccos and Golf GTIs and Rs built from May.
These vehicles will be seen in showrooms starting July. Bearing a two-stage system, the new ESP set-up controls traction control and braking, says Autocar. The traction control will be disabled after pressing the ESP off button once. Holding the button for over three seconds will fully disable both traction control and electronic braking systems.
The system will only cut back in if the driver presses the brake pedal in the middle of an ‘emergency’, whether control of the vehicle is lost by the driver or if they want the car to straighten up by itself.
The ESP system will remain inactive if the brake pedal is not depressed by the driver. The new ESP system is a standard fit to all Scirocco models, as well as to the Golf GTI and R. It is offered at no extra cost over the standard car. Unfortunately, there are no plans to fit it to the Polo GTI at this stage.
The new Volkswagen Golf R – just like the first two generations of the Super Golf and the new VW Scirocco R – features an entirely modified package of exterior and interior elements. As designed by a team led by Klaus Bischoff, the new Volkswagen Golf R comes with a set of balanced yet harmonious refinements. Its styling adheres to the design tenet "La Semplicità" introduced by Head of Group Design, Walter de Silva.
Exterior modifications include new wheels, brakes and bumper designs. Its front end, in particular, is specified with three large air intakes in the bumper area, featuring louvres painted in high-gloss black. Integrated on the two outer air intakes are standard LED strips that act as daytime running lights. On the right side of the radiator grille – which features two louvres painted in high-gloss black – is its newly designed R logo in chrome.
The front end of the VW Golf R is accentuated by Bi-Xenon headlights. Marking the side of the new Volkswagen Golf R are side skirt extensions in body color, mirror housings in high-gloss black and Talladega wheels. The rear end of the VW Golf R, meanwhile, is highlighted by the R logo, a bumper with diffuser and tailpipes, larger roof edge spoiler, and new taillights featuring LED technology and smoked covers.
Inside, the new VW Golf R is loaded with high-end high-class materials as well as extra special upgrades from Volkswagen Individual. Offered as an option on the VW Golf R is the new "Top Sport seat system" that boasts of its superior ergonomic properties. As soon as the driver settles down, this system adjusts the seat longitudinally and in height, as well as varies the steering wheel. These sports seats feature center panels upholstered in the honeycomb textured grey-black "Kyalami" design and a front edge upholstered in Titan Black fabric.
Inside panels of the side supports are upholstered with crystal-grey "San Remo" micro-fibers while the rest -- as well as the roof liner -- are finished in black. The head restraints feature an embroidered new R logo. Also being offered as options are motorsport shell seats for both the driver and the front passenger.
These seats feature center panels upholstered in the "San Remo" micro-fiber fabric while the outside panels are wrapped in black leather. All interior seams as well as decorative seams on leather steering wheel are in "Art Grey."
This three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped with perforated leather at the top and bottom to ensure optimal hand grip and with continuous leather on the sides. The spokes, meanwhile, are in fine black piano, with the center spoke featuring the new R logo.