In this episode of its Ignition web series, Motor Trend looks to answer one key question about the new 2015 Volkswagen Golf R: is it worth the $10,000 premium over a 2015 Golf GTI?
While we’ll leave Carlos Lagos’ verdict up for him to explain, the host was particularly fond of the new Golf R’s stability control system. Not only is the new system “far less intrusive” than that of the last-gen Golf R, but for the first time ever, it can be fully disabled. Lagos also highlights that the extra $10,000 on top of the new Golf GTI buys a lot more than just different headlights, different front and rear bumper covers and bigger air inlets: with 290 horses and 280 pound-feet of torque, the all-wheel drive Golf R can catapult to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, which is a full 1.5 seconds faster than the Golf GTI, and scamper through the quarter mille in a faintly-believable 13.1 seconds.
At as-tested price of $39, 910 the new Golf R is far from cheap, but is it worth the outlay when compared to its more expensive rivals from BMW and VW’s own Audi? And even more importantly, is it the best Golf R yet? We’ll let MT fill you in.
PS: if you’re already up on the Golf R details, feel free to skip to 2:18 for the on-road testing to begin.