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
The R has more power and more torque than the old V6 R32, anyway. The R32 made 247bhp and 236lb ft, while the R gets 267bhp and 258lb ft. Not only that, VW is quick to point out that the turbo four - the same 2.0-litre engine as the standard 207bhp (and 207lb ft) GTI but with some extra boost and inlet/exhaust tweaks - holds its peak torque for longer than the old six. It sounds quite muted, which is fine by me. There's a deep popple and rumble on lift-off, but that's your lot, other than a slightly harder, more urgent exhaust note than a GTI when it's at full chat. Volkswagen hasn't gone over the top in making this engine sound loud, and that's OK because you'd soon start complaining on the motorway. Ask any Civic Type R driver. Main thing is, it's a great unit, with a minimum of lag, plenty of thrust and a quick-revving, light feel to it.