JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/23/23 8:15 a.m.

We owe a lot to the Volkswagen GTI. It’s arguably the common ancestor from which all modern hot hatchbacks and sporty compacts arose, and nearly every generation of the model–since 1983 stateside and 1976 elsewhere–has been more potent and more competent than the last.

The 2023 Golf R–the most radical GTI offered by the factory–represents the ultimate form of the …

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CrashDummy Reader
3/23/23 9:02 a.m.

"...getting the best possible lap time in this car requires a bit of skill to work around electronic intervention that never quite disappears, no matter how you set the various modes."

Am I the only one that thinks all sporty cars (especially those that cost almost $50K) need to have an option that just turns everything off? One of the (many) reasons the early Miatas are so fun is that they just do exactly what your hands and feet tell them to do; the car isn't thinking about it. If I'm at an autocross or track I want to drive the car, I don't want the computer to drive it for me. Leaning heavily of the TC or ABS might lead to a faster lap (you see this with GT3 racecars I think) but it's certainly a less fun lap. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
3/23/23 9:10 a.m.

In reply to CrashDummy :

Fortunately it's an easy fix with a Bluetooth dongle, but we're not really supposed to tweak the software on press cars:



Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/23/23 10:55 a.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

It's cool and also really silly that can pretty much make a car faster these days with a fancy app.

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/23/23 1:11 p.m.

Compared to the GTI, there is no doubt that the Golf R is a nicer car overall. It's really a hatchback Audi S3 for less money. 

What is striking is how little difference there is in the time between the GTI and the Golf R. It really highlights how capable the GTI is out of the box. 

fidelity101 UberDork
3/24/23 9:45 a.m.

Corolla GR

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