16 years ago , Volkswagen released one of its most special machines .
The Mark four Golf R 32 it had a 3.2 liter naturally aspirated six cylinder V R six petrol unit , all wheel drive and a quite unique and fantastic soundtrack .
It was the first ever production car to be fitted with a DS G transmission in 2005 .
The German upped the game and gave the Mark five R 32 more power , more stylish appearance and a bare interior .
Unfortunately , the next two generations were a bit of a letdown .
They both featured two liter , four cylinder turbocharged petrol engines that produce lots of power and torque , but they've lost the thing that made the original R 32 special .
But can the new Mark 7.5 version ?
Do something about that .
Hello , everyone .
Welcome back to cartoon and welcome to the fastest golf you can buy right now .
The golf R and boy .
Oh boy .
Do I want one of these really , really bad ?
What's this golf R all about ?
You might be wondering , isn't it just a faster version of the G T I ?
You reviewed a few months ago ?
Well , no , and I'll go into more details on this topic in another video .
But the car I'm driving today has a two liter turbocharged petrol unit that can produce 310 horsepower and 400 Newton meters of torque .
It also features the all wheel drive system , bigger and better brakes and get this .
You can order the new golf R when on a crap of each exhaust from factory and now that we've got that out of the way , let's take this new golf bar to some Swedish bureaus .
Listen to that exhaust and yes , it is a factory option .
A Crapo which work their magic on this new golf R and well , I think this is the first golf that can scare pedestrians with its stock exhaust .
The brakes on this car are so good .
They're part of the performance pack .
This car has , they're bigger than the standard ones and they're two kg lighter .
They have a lovely pedal feel .
They give you real confidence when trying to slow the car down and well , they just scrub off speed so fast from the car .
And I must say that these two options , the performance pack and the avi exhaust , although they are kind of pricey put together , they really do enhance the driving experience of this new golf R .
I really do think they're worth the asking price .
I really do .
God do .
I love the dual character of this car .
It's so easy .
To drive around town , it's comfortable , it's refined , it's quiet and you don't really draw any attention to yourself .
Thanks to its understated looks and come to think of it .
This golf r fits really well into the description of a sleeper car , but put it in race mode and the steering sharpens up , the gearbox goes into its sportier setting and the throttle response sharpens up as well .
It feels just like a car that has four wheel steering .
If you know what I mean , it's really so sharp and so precise .
And when you chuck it into a corner , you almost feel like the entire car is dragged to the inside of that corner , it handles so well and it's so predictable .
It's just a lovely machine to drive fast and speaking of fast , the guilty party here is the engine which is exceptional .
It's quite unrefined when you're just cruising around , but it's powerful and punchy .
When you put your foot down , it pulls really well from anything above 2000 R PM .
Power delivery is smooth and it really never runs out of puff .
The acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour is dealt with in 4.6 seconds .
It's faster than most of his drivers and the only let down of the driving experience for me at least is the fake noise on the inside .
Have a listen .
Oh , the steering is perfectly weighted and the suspension keeps the body roll to a minimum even though it feels like it's gliding over pumps .
Like there are nothing even in their most sport of settings .
The dampers don't really upset the handling of the car at all by being too firm .
I don't know how else to put it , but it feels like this car has really sophisticated tampers .
They don't really sacrifice right quality for sports .
But somehow the car is sharper and more agile round corners than in comfort mode .
For example , the all wheel drive system is not permanent .
Meaning that in everyday use , the golf R is essentially front wheel drive .
But if the situation demands it , the all wheel drive system can set up to 50% of the power to the back wheels .
And because of that previous golf R s understeer quite a lot when you pushed them hard corners .
And , well , I'm happy to report that in this new one , they've reduced the understeer dramatically .
It's not completely gone , but it won't interfere with the driving experience as much as before .
Volkswagen threw all of his resources into developing this 7.5 generation of the Gulf .
And even the excellent DS G transmission is all new .
You now get a seven speed wet clutch unit instead of the old six speed .
And well , it's just flawless in the way it changes gear .
It's very smooth around town in comfort or normal mode .
You can barely tell when it's changing gears , even down shifts or up shifts , but it becomes very aggressive when you put the car in race mode .
It's as good as it gets when it comes to automatics .
Now , obviously , this car isn't perfect .
No car is for that matter .
And there are a few things that I don't really like about it .
So make sure you subscribe because I have an entire video on that topic coming up very soon .
But all in all I really like this car .
I think this is the most exciting golf I've ever driven .
And beside being quick , practical and comfortable , this new one also has tons of character and personality .
And in my opinion , that's the key ingredient that was missing in the last two versions of this car .
And you know what the best thing about the golf R is , you can buy it as an estate version .
How cool is that ?
But anyway , my friends , this has been my review for the new golf R .
I really hope you've enjoyed it .
If you did , please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to cartoon for lots more content to come .
We've made a golf R versus BMW M two comparison .
Just for fun .
So stay tuned if you don't wanna miss that and until next time , take good care of yourself and I'll see you around .