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Old 02-23-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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US Golf R Review (Motor Trend)

First US spec Golf R review I've seen: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/..._r_first_test/

The raw performance numbers are a bit slower than I expected:

0-60: 5.8 sec
1/4 mile: 14.2 sec @ 97.9 mph
60-0: 128 ft
Skidpad: 0.89 g
Figure 8: 26.5 sec @ 0.69 g

GTI, for comparison:

0-60: 6.0 sec
1/4 mile: 14.5 sec @ 97.1 mph
60-0: 112 ft
Skidpad: 0.87 g
Figure 8: 26.5 sec @ 0.67 g
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:15 PM   #2
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hmmm...



they need to do track laps.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:18 PM   #3
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I'm guessing the difference is that the GTI had a DSG and summer performance tires.

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Old 02-23-2012, 06:20 PM   #4
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I'm guessing the difference is that the GTI had a DSG and summer performance tires.

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And some other facts such as weight.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:31 PM   #5
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I thought the GTi was 0-60 in 6.5 and the R was 5.5, and how does the GTi have better braakes
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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how does the GTi have better braakes
More weight (R) takes longer to stop.
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I'm guessing the difference is that the GTI had a DSG and summer performance tires.

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Yes on DSG, but same all-season tires as the R (Pirelli P Zero Nero A/S).
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:32 PM   #8
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DSG really skews things. The GTI is a nice performer and deserves praise even if it is FWD. I'll still take my 6spd over a DSG any day for driver engagement so it's not even an option for me. Same thing for AWD.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:40 PM   #9
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Someone here will tell you that a GTI with a DSG will go 0-60 in 5.8 also...

its all about benchracing...
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I thought the GTi was 0-60 in 6.5 and the R was 5.5, and how does the GTi have better braakes
1 test doesn't prove the GTI has better brakes. It has smaller brake rotors and will almost certainly not disperse heat as well.
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Wow, really shows how good the GTI really is...
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:31 PM   #12
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The GTI is a great car ... if they gave us an option for AWD it would be the BEST car.

Both cars are solid performers.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:36 PM   #13
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The GTI is a great car ... if they gave us an option for AWD it would be the BEST car.

Both cars are solid performers.
They DO give us an option for AWD...it's called the Golf R... .. .
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DSG really skews things. The GTI is a nice performer and deserves praise even if it is FWD. I'll still take my 6spd over a DSG any day for driver engagement so it's not even an option for me. Same thing for AWD.
Have you ever driven a DSG gti? I was a lifelong manual driver and automatic hater. Biggest problem I had with auto's was essentially getting bored and not paying attention to my driving. I drove the DSG and was sold. I have way more fun in the DSG. I drive it in manual mode 95% of the time, tons of driver engagement, plus I get to keep 2 hands on the wheel.
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