The new Volkswagen Golf R has proven itself to be exceptionally quick off the line and in this video, we find out just how fast it can go.
The new Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. While this engine is largely the same as the unit used by the MK7.5-generation model, it has been fettled and now delivers 315 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque, respectable gains of 27 hp and 15 lb-ft.
Before heading out onto the Autobahn to test out the hot hatch’s top speed, the reviewer does some acceleration tests. With a rollout factored into the car’s acceleration, it was able to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.33 seconds when equipped with the Performance Package.
As for the car’s top speed, VW’s official claim is that an Mk8 Golf R with the Performance Package can hit 167 mph (270 km/h). However, with an open stretch of road, the reviewer is able to power the new Golf R through to a GPS-verified 276 km/h (171.4 mph) while the speedometer indicates 290 km/h (180 mph). The reviewer notes that at the indicated 290 km/h, the car hits an electronic limiter, reducing horsepower and boost pressure, leading him to suggest that the car may have even more speed up its sleeve.
Another cool function of the new Golf R demonstrated in this video is the Drift mode. Available exclusively with the Performance Package, Drift mode sends 100 per cent of the rear torque to the outside wheel, allowing for some impressive powerslides.