There was only 1 thing the Golf R needed
improving on: more sound from the exhaust. I hope the subtitles…
This is an insane amount of sound. This is the updated Golf R. A facelift is usually more LEDs, a new display,
and a bigger infotainment system. I can tell you all about it,
but the most important news is Akrapovič. It’s a nice titanium exhaust system. It costs a lot
of money; 3,500 euros at the Volkswagen dealer. Tunnel! It does make a lot of sound. I think it’s nice. It’s funny. The advantage is it’s 7 kg (15 lb) lighter. It’s titanium, so it costs more. It’s a pretty
and expensive material. It’s that simple. In theory these exhausts get you lower CO2
emissions, making for a lower purchase price. It’s only theory for now, so I’m letting that slide. The Golf R is a car you have to grab by its horns.
This makes it fun. Accelerate from a 3-way junction… It has 4motion, which means
a Haldex all-wheel drive system. It’s the latest generation,
so it doesn’t need much wheelspin to react. You have grip grip grip. You can use
launch control, even on slippery surfaces. The numbers are not to be ignored with these cars. It has a 2-liter TSI engine with 10 hp extra. That’s not a big upgrade compared to
the non-facelift version, but it’s tunable. The number of torques is different
depending on the transmission you choose. The DSG has 400 Nm (295 lb ft) and the manual
transmission has 380 Nm (280 lb ft) torque. This is nice. It gives you a PlayStation feel.
Shifting gears and it keeps going. The DSG gives you launch control,
which you can use every time. Every time. That’s nice. 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 4.6 seconds. With a manual transmission it’s 5.1 seconds.
It has less torque and no launch control. It’s a big difference. We made a video
of launch control vs no launch control. You can see the numbers. Of course,
the top speed is limited to 250 kph (155 mph). However, there’s an option to remove that limit. The Variant wagon does 270 kph (168 mph)
and the hatchback does 267 kph (166 mph). I couldn’t find the option in the Dutch configurator.
I don’t know what’s going on there. I think it’ll be okay. Speaking of prices and the configurator:
this is an expensive Golf. A Golf starts at 23,000 euros.
You can get a discount. This car is 74,000 euros. It has a lot of features. Assistent systems, adaptive cruise control,
lane assist, a big satnav with touchscreen, Dynaudio, a sunroof, different rims,
the color, leather upholstery, heated seats, adaptive suspension, start-stop
(probably standard), park distance with camera, LED lights, automatic transmission… To round it off, why would you buy this Golf R? The nice DSG backfires from the Akrapovič exhaust.
You got me. Sold. It’s fun. It’s a nice car. The Golf GTI is nice too, but this is a step further. All-wheel drive may be boring sometimes,
but it’s a good all-wheel drive system. It’s dry, so it can put its power down.
I get the Golf R’s charm in the wet or snow. It’s the most powerful one. That helps. There are more super hatchbacks
with more than 300 hp. The Audi S3, Audi RS3 with a nice 5-cylinder engine,
BMW M135i or M140i, Ford Focus RS… This is the more sensible choice
because you can tell people you have a Golf. It’s a nice Golf, but it’s just a Golf. People know it and get it.
They won’t think it’s very expensive. This one is, though. Those in the know see it’s a Golf R
with Akrapovič and performance brakes. It brakes really well, by the way. It’s 2 kg (4 lb) lighter. Fans and those who
have other cool cars drive a Golf R daily. Why? The package is good. They often have a history with Volkswagen or Golf. Most people don’t buy a Ferrari
or Porsche as their first car. A Golf or Volkswagen keeps calling. If you still have doubts,
I’ll show you launch control one more time. I can do that on a 80 kph (50 mph) road. It’s so much fun. I hope there’s no limit on how
many times you’re allowed to do it. We will have passed that limit.
There’s a bump here. Did you hear the wheelspin? It caught some air. It’s easier with a Golf R than my own car, an M135i. Rear-wheel drive is fun on many occasions,
but all-wheel drive has its charms too. Subtitles – Maru’s Text Support