It seems our little GTI is an overachiever right out of the box. It put 191 hp and 208 lb-ft to the wheels in stock mode – 13 more horsepower and 15 more lb-ft of torque. But if you think those numbers are impressive, imagine adding yet another 27 hp and 64 lb-ft! The GTI put 218 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque to the wheels, verifying APR’s claim that the 93-octane program produces 252 hp and 303 lb-ft at the engine.
Full-out acceleration numbers show only part of the GTI’s advantages – it’s in the midrange where the GTI’s torque blows the R32 off the road. Full-throttle fifth-gear passing acceleration from 50-70 mph is a massive 0.6 seconds faster in the GTI.
Straight-line speeds don’t tell the full story, of course – so we swapped the GTI’s wheels and summer tires over to the R32 (which arrived at our editorial offices with All-Season tires) and performed braking and cornering tests. The R32’s all-wheel drive and better weight distribution helped lateral grip, beating the lowered GTI’s 0.89g by pulling 0.92g. Braking distances from 70 mph were comparable.
Source: Automobile Mag