This fight between brothers has been going on for quite a while. The GTI, ...
This fight between brothers has been going on for quite a while. The GTI, Volkswagen’s first-born hot hatch has been at it for a really long time, but the R has steadily chipped away at its armor until there’s almost nothing left.
We’ve gotten to a point where a 230 horsepower Golf can’t be considered hot anymore. In fact, the Golf R has some trouble of its own from bigger guns like the Focus RS or the A45 AMG.
Both versions of the Golf have their cult following. But even a hardcore fans will be tempted away by sideways properties of a Focus RS or the track capabilities of a crazy new Civic Type R.
That is probably why Volkswagen launched mid-life updates for both the GTI and the R. And after all, their Golf 5 and Golf 6 counterparts never got any power increases through their lifetimes.
This drag race features a standard GTI, which now produces 230 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, this new Golf R is supposed to make 310 horsepower, but the specs at the end of the video below state it has 290 horsepower.
We know certain markets have lower outputs, but we have never heard of this one.
Both models also have the new lights and bumpers, plus that cool new digital dashboard. Practicality is basically the same, but we have always liked the GTI’s colorful seats more.
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