Drag Race: VW Golf R vs Golf GTI [Video]

Welcome to Part 3 in our Golf-themed series... A Game of Golfs. In this episode, the front-wheel drive Golf GTI takes on the all-wheel-drive R. We're not taking any bets on what the outcome will be, but how big will the victory be?

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In this video, we line up the latest Volkswagen Golf R with the latest Golf GTI for a good ol' fashioned quarter-mile drag race.

Power outputs from the latest Golf R have been beefed up to 213 kW and 380 Nm, and while those figures are impressive, the model is detuned for the South African market, due to our hot climate. Power figures for the new GTI have climbed from 162 kW to 169 kW.

Acceleration figures of 0-100 kph are claimed at a rapid 4.6 seconds for the R, and a slightly less impressive 6.4 seconds for the GTI.

For this race, no one was expecting the GTI to steal a victory, but just how much faster is the R, and in the all-important, straight line race, what does the R100 000 premium over the GTI really buy you?

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