LED Rear Lights For Golf R, GTI And GTD

LED lighting is the ‘in thing’ for car designers at the moment. They’re almost compulsory now on high-end luxury cars but are also starting to work their way down the food-chain to the cheaper end of the market. Now Volkswagen, in what they claim is a ‘first’ in the compact segment, have developed new LED rear lights for the sportiest models of the Golf VI range.

Volkswagen Golf GTD LED Lights

LED lights now fitted to Golf GTI, GTD and R

The new LED tail lights will be offered as standard on the 270HP Golf R and as an option for €350 (roughly £310) on the 210HP Golf GTI and the 170HP diesel Golf GTD. It’s a distinctive design and will help these sporty models stand out in a queue of traffic. Each smoked light unit consists of two curved right angles, with each angle being made up of a strip of eleven LEDs.

The big advantage of LED lights is that they last considerably longer than normal bulbs and light up much faster. The reaction to brake activation is claimed to be 0.2 second faster than that of conventional lights and this translates to a reduction of 5.6 metres braking distance when travelling at 62mph.

The Golf’s new LED tail lights can also be ordered with bi-xenon headlights. These include a dynamic cornering feature  that changes the direction of the light with the steering angle. These are standard on the Golf R and optional on all other Golf models, with prices starting at a hefty €1,295 (£1150).

Volkswagen might claim to be the first to offer this, but perhaps they haven’t seen the optional LED tail lights on the Ford Focus RS.

Volkswagen Golf GTD Bi-Xenon Headlights

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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  1. Bmw 1series has had led rear lights as an option for years so ford can definitely not claim that one

  2. Hi Bob. OK, BMW win that one, but I’ll bet they were an expensive option.

  3. Need help: I have a Gti 2009 and I have changed the head light to the 2011 spec which has led. I can’t get the led on. Is there another coding for it.
    Thank yiu

  4. Hi Hussain. The sample answer is … I haven’t a clue. Best take it in to a dealer or decent mechanic to check over the electrical connections and see if there’s a suitable feed for the LEDs.

  5. Hi, I have just purchased A Mk6 2.0 GT TDI. Can I fit These rear/led lights complete. Thanks Graham.

  6. Not sure I can help with that Graham. Best to ask a VW dealer or a decent aftermarket supplier.

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