When you’re talking performance and fuel economy, curb weight can’t be discounted as a factor, and it undeniably affects handling as well. So while the R32 might be a compact car, its 3,547 pounds has serious consequences.
That’s why the VW’s 67.8-mph slalom speed is so remarkable. Here’s a car that’s 400 pounds heavier than a WRX but still just as quick as the Subaru through the cones of our slalom test. Had we been able to test an R32 with the grippier summer performance tires, the test results likely would have been even more impressive.
Source: Inside Line