Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia has launched two products from Volkswagen R GmbH in Malaysia, and they are the Golf R and Passat CC R-Line. Both the Golf R and the Passat CC R-Line are performance flagships for their respective families.

Let’s start with the Golf R. This is the flagship of the Golf range, and is a step up from the popular Golf GTI. While the previous Mk5 R32 was powered by a (great sounding) 3.2L V6, this new one follows the downsizing trend and is motivated by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder TSI turbo engine. Despite the switch, this is the most powerful Golf ever, with 255 PS and 330 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 5,200 rpm.

The engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox and power is channeled to the wheels via Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. 0-100 km/h is done in just 5.7 seconds on to a limited 250 km/h top speed. Fuel consumption is 13.4% better than the R32 at 8.4 litres per 100 km.

Available here as a five-door hatchback like the GTI, the Golf R is packed with goodies befitting its performance. Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC), internally ventilated discs all around with R-specific brake calipers, ESP with delayed intervention, 19-inch “Talladega” alloys with 235/35 tyres, bi xenons with dynamic cornering lamps, trademark central tailpipes and “Motorsport Bucket Seats” are all standard, among other kit.

Also included is Climatronic, the RNS 510 sat nav system with DYNAUDIO “Excite” 300W, 8-speaker stereo and an electric tilt/slide sunroof. Available in six colours (Candy White, Tornado Red, Rising Blue, Reflex Silver, United Grey, and Deep Black), the Golf R is yours for RM268,888.

Like big power but prefer a sleek saloon? The Passat CC R-Line will tempt. The Passat CC R-Line comes with a 3.6 litre V6 engine with 300 PS and 350 Nm between 2,400 and 5,300 rpm. It’s actually faster than the Golf R to 100 km/h, by a tenth, 5.6 seconds versus 5.7.

Like the hot hatch, the flagship Passat CC also comes with a six-speed DSG, 4MOTION AWD and DCC. From the outside, you can spot the R-Line by its 18-inch “Mallory” wheels, panoramic tilting glass roof and R badges at both ends. Bi-xenon and bending lights are also standard.

Inside, the top dog CC is enhanced with aluminium front scuff plates with the R logo, sports seats finished in Nappa leather, a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, brushed aluminium inserts and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Also on the kit list are Climatronic with dual-zone control, DYNAUDIO 600-watt “Confidence” sound system with 10 speakers, keyless entry and start, electronic parking brake with hill hold and auto hold, Park Distance Control with Rear Assist reverse camera and the RNS510 touch screen stereo with integrated sat nav.

The Passat CC R-Line is yours for RM373,888. Choose from nine colours – Urano Grey, Candy White, Night Blue, Reflex Silver, Light Brown, Iron Grey, Deep Black, Mocca Anthracite and Icelandic Grey.