Video: Mk8 Volkswagen Golf R track test

Just how quick is the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf R? Before testing the most recent Civic Type R, it was the fastest hot hatch we’ve driven around the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park.

Watch our track test, and then be sure to check out the rest of our FIRM lap times here.

Presented by CRC Industries.

ClearWaterMS Reader
2/14/23 12:04 p.m.

i'm curious to know can it  handle a 20+ min session?  what about a whole day of 20 min sessions?  does it manage heat effectively?  

Coniglio Rampante
Coniglio Rampante Reader
7/16/24 3:49 p.m.

In reply to ClearWaterMS :

Here I am a year and a half later to say "those are good questions."

We've seen some of its competitors overwhelm an intercooler, pull timing, and overheat differential(s), so those are valid questions.

I am surprised to hear that the brakes are on par or slightly better than the CTR's, though it's very close.

I also wonder if the tire information could be provided in future videos?  I know it's whatever the manufacturer provided, but some manufacturers like VW provide UHP and all seasons for the same model (like my 2019 GTI).

With that info, I can go back to the CTR video and see for myself if the tires played a major role or not.

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