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What Do You Want to Know About the Volkswagen Golf R?


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As soon as upon a time, there was the Focus RS and the Veloster N and the Subaru WRX STI. They’re all useless now, so your greatest bets for practicality with a dose of efficiency relaxation with the Golf contingent, alongside the brand new Civic Kind R and GR Corolla, every time they present up.

It’s for that cause I believed it was necessary that I get behind the wheel of the most recent Golf R, to know the place it resides on the new hatch… butte? (“Panorama” feels just like the improper metaphor, contemplating how few options exist.)

Our previous pal Rory Carroll drove a Golf R on ice final 12 months and had loads of good issues to say in regards to the expertise. However I wish to know the way it tracks as a day by day driver, and as luck would have it, my common commute doesn’t ever move over a frozen lake. I additionally wish to know the way the Golf R compares to the GR Corolla particularly, as I might be fortunate sufficient to drive a type of in a few weeks.

My Golf R tester might be geared up with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, somewhat than the usual six-speed guide. Nonetheless, by selecting the DCT you additionally get 15 extra lb-ft of torque than the do-it-yourself model. All instructed, we’re 315 horsepower and 295 lb-ft right here, together with Volkswagen’s trick 4Motion all-wheel drive system that makes use of twin clutches on the rear axle to divert as much as 50 p.c of the entire energy to both nook. That sounds good.

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We’re also looking at a Golf — the standard-bearer for reasonably priced two-box fun. Of course the Golf R is hardly cheap, starting at $45,185 with destination, but it did start life as an Mk8 Golf and this generation has been maligned by some for an inordinate amount of interior quality cost-cutting, along with a frustrating infotainment system that many VW products share. I’m curious to find how I get on with both.

I’m also curious what you want to know, and what I can answer in the forthcoming review. Have at it in the comments!

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