Motor Trend is preparing to hit us with the results of their annual Best Driver’s Car test on October 1st. We don’t yet know who won the highly anticipated faceoff, however the publication has posted several videos of the contenders hot lapping Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to YouTube, and one video in particular caught our eye.
While there are certainly faster and more expensive offerings in this year’s Best Driver’s Car test, the Volkswagen Golf R is one of the more interesting competitors. MT’s loaner had all-wheel drive and the seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, so it doesn’t necessarily have the right ingredients for a driver’s car, but anyone who’s driven a Golf R knows it’s more than the sum of its parts.
Not only does the Golf R post an extremely fast lap time of 1:46.95, Motor Trend’s resident racing driver Randy Pobst appears to be having a blast behind the wheel of the super hot hatch. That’s what Best Driver’s Car is all about, so don’t dismiss the practical five-door from the competition just yet.
Check out the Golf R’s hot lap in the video below before Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car issue drops on October 1.