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VW Golf GTI, VW Golf R32: Comparison test

VW Golf GTI, VW Golf R32
We found a very interesting comparison test of the VW Golf GTI against the VW Golf R32. Pimping included.

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.

VW Golf GTI, VW Golf R32

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Source: Automobile Mag