Volkswagen Golf R driven
This is the Golf R. It has 267bhp. It has 258lb ft of torque. It has four-wheel drive. And it demands your respect
Posted: 10 May 2011
But I'm not finished yet. The point here is to compare it with the financial hit I'd take on a standard, front-wheel-drive Golf GTI, a car that's brilliant enough to win TopGear's award for Hot Hatch of the Year. So, no four-wheel-drive, no R bodywork or R wheels or extra 60 R brake horsepower or extra 51lb ft of R torque. It would understeer out of slippery corners rather than rocketing out. You could never build up the same sort of fiendish pace on a wet road...
Doing the same calculation, starting with the list price of £24,175 for a bog-standard white manual three-door GTI (not bad value, that) and adding the £765 ADC, taking off the five grand deposit and assuming eight per cent APR, it'd be £404 a month. Right. So £120 a month less for the Golf GTI than for the Golf R. Or £4 a day less. That's a coffee and a cake.
I can do without a coffee and a cake every day. I'll take the goddam R.