2015 VW Golf R Euro-spec – Tested


In 1989, Volkswagen built 71 types of the Golf Limited. It was the most powerful Golf until the MkIV R32 twelve years later. It was powered by a supercharged, 2.-liter, 16-valve four-cylinder and put 207 hp to the ground with the same all-wheel-drive system applied to the legendary Rallye Golf. It had all the high-end features during the day: power sunroof and windows, leather interior, even heated seats. On the outside, these wereThe latest MkVII Golf R is similar in mission. It is the fastest Golf ever, even though it doesn’t forego luxury for the sake of performance. Although those in the know will recognize it as a performance car, it could not be considered flashy. The biggest difference between now and then would be that the Golf R is actually sold in the United States.

We got our hands on a European-spec version VW brought over for testing and marketing, though we won’t see it Stateside until early next year. Although it isn’t the innocuous dark gray in the Limited, it doesn’t check out the top or too boy-racer even in Lapiz Blue. The front and rear bumpers, plus the 19-inch wheels, are definitely thewas only offered with DSG when everyone still wanted manuals. The MkVI R was just offered in manual, when enthusiasts had since realized the value of computerized shifting. The MkVII Golf R will include either transmission. Ours has a good old-fashioned three-pedal manual, that makes it an apples-to-apples comparison with theThe MkVII steps up with 290 hp and 280 lb-ft, even though not bad numbers. If that number is on the conservative side, although 290 sounds pretty impressive, I wouldn’t be surprised. The MkVI R sprinted from standstill to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds-fairly impressive. The new R does exactly the same nearly a tick faster, at 4.9 seconds. Keep in mind that DSG-equipped cars will probably be even quicker. In the quarter-mile sprint, the VI ran a 14.2-second time but couldn’t quite break the century mark at 97.9 mph. The VII takes just 13.5 traps and seconds at 101.3 mph. Those of us who have been popular for a while remember when anything under just a few secondsBesides accelerating, the R has also learned a thing or two about stopping. The VI needed 128 feet to stop from 60 mph. The VII shows a tremendous improvement, needing just 104 feet to hit halt, as a result of 13.4-inch rotors up front and 12.2-inch rotors at the rear. The only problem using the brakes may be the pedal itself. While actuation is good, placement could be improved. I want to be able to heel-toe my downshifts if I’m buying a manual. There is a bit too much distance between the gas and brake pedal, making it pretty difficult to blip between gears. Maybe some inventive aftermarket company can come up with a slightly wider brake pedal cover; those purchasing thewith the steering. The newest Golf R is blessed with an extra-responsive, variable-rack system that’s go-kart quick for turn-in. Steering assist, together with damping rates and exhaust sound, are variable at the push of the mouse with VW’s Driving Profile Control and Dynamic Chassis Control. Besides that (cue ’80s teen-movie building applause), stability control is now able to completely deactivated-the individuals rejoice. As the final icing about the proverbial performance cake, the Golf R receives brake-based torque-vectoring. In conjunction with the latest Haldex 5 system for all-wheel drive, light brake pressure pushes the abilityAll these things amount to a Golf R that may play with the major boys around our figure-8 test. The MkVI Golf R needed 26.5 seconds to lap the twisted oval; the VII requires just 25 seconds. It’s .6 of your second faster than the F30 BMW 335i x Drive we tested not too long ago if you’re wondering how quick that is with the grand scheme of things. The Golf R puts in these numbers exhibiting some understeer in steady state cornering that’s easily controlled with a bit of throttle lift.

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On power is where the Golf R really shines, using all wheels to obtain off the corners without drama. After driving the MkVII GTI with all the Performance Pack’s limited-slip differential, I wondered if there was clearly even a requirement for all-wheel drive in a Golf. I’m not any longer wondering. Even though the limited-slip diff is great (as well as theDuring the time of writing, Volkswagen didn’t have official pricing on the MkVII Golf R. I guess it will probably be slightly north of $35,000, and we will have where that heads if VW decides to make stuff like active cruise control as well as perhaps even parking assist available. Each member of the Golf family is as premium as ever and represents an amazing value in its category. The Golf R is not any different. It won’t be nearly as exclusive as the Limited, but no less than you’ll have the capacity to park one in your driveway.

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