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
What you need to do with the R is drive it. A lot. Preferably on challenging, twisty A- and B-roads, but even between one roundabout and another, so long as you get to grips with how phenomenal the traction is out of corners and how early and hard you can get on the power. Yes, it's useful having four-wheel drive in the ice and snow - as we discovered throughout our test during Britain's Big Freeze - but more relevant is how the thing throws you out of corners on wet roads. In these conditions, it would show a front-wheel-drive Golf GTI, or even a 300bhp Focus RS, a clean pair of heels. You nail the throttle early, feel the torque kick in and then just let the DSC sort out the car's attitude, which it does with a very slight scrabbling sensation and delicate management of power and torque. It is fast, a bit clinical, but mighty big fun. Sorry, why isn't that Ford Focus RS a 4x4? We're asking the question again.