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Volkswagen Golf GTI/R
The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Golf GTI/R
What is it like on the road?
The GTI is powered by a 2.0-litre, 217bhp turbocharged four-pot, which is good for 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 152mph. What more do you really need? We’d take the six-speed manual ’box over the rather numb dual-clutch auto, and the GTI’s fully independent rear suspension and phenomenally capable chassis help serve up an unimpeachable blend of handling accuracy and ride comfort. Adaptive chassis control costs £795 more and beefs up the dampers and overall poise. But if you really want to wring the best out of it, another £980 nets the Performance Pack, principally a clever electro-hydraulic diff that absolutely nails the GTI’s front end to the corner. As for the R, it is all this and more, with stupendous pace (with DSG, it rockets to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds) and ample grip. The performance car you’d hope the GTI could grow into.