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It would be a tad bit disappointing if the only thing that the Golf R had over the GTI in terms of looks were the different bumpers. The good thing is that’s not true – the Golf R has upgrade headlamps and tail lamps.

The new tail lamps are smoked and has outward curving lines going through them – you can see what I mean in the photos above. Each “angle” consists of 11 LEDs, and they border a centre LED dot. There are a total of 48 LEDs in this design. Being lit with LED, they respond faster to activation and can light up about 0.2 seconds faster than a conventional lightbulb, which is equivalent to 5.6 meters of braking distance when you are at a speed of 100km/h.

On the front end you get bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic cornering lights, which turn according to your steering angle. They also adapt according to your car’s speed, for example up to 35km/h the lane boundary on the driver’s side is illuminated brighter.

The good news for buyers of the Mk6 Golf GTI here in Malaysia is that these new headlamps and tail lamp can be ordered as an optional upgrade for your car. Volkswagen Malaysia has confirmed that they are able to bring it in, and upon order an estimated delivery time would be in about three months, though if you’re lucky it could possibly be sooner. No Malaysian prices yet but in Europe, the headlamps will cost you 1,295 Euros and the tail lamps will cost you 350 Euros.