2022 Volkswagen Golf R wipes out Golf R Mk7.5 in drag race
2021 is a new high point for the German hot hatch. Proof of this, Carwow staged a drag race between the all-new Golf R Mk8 and its predecessor, the Golf R Mk7.5.
Due to the official specs, you might think it will be a close or even tied race; the latest model produces 320 hp or 316 hp and delivers 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of turbocharged torque.
Meanwhile, the 2019 model in white is rated at 300 PS or 296 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. Mat Watson, the presenter, points out that the new model has e-diffs that make it heavier, making it look like it’s going to equalize the race.
But we’ve seen the 2022 Golf R humiliate nearly every other car with a 2.0-liter turbo, and we know its power numbers are actually well underrated. It’s so much faster than the hot hatch from two years ago that Mat decides to give it an advantage for the second race. Instead of launching normally, it does not release the brake until the slower Golf has already started to move.
Let this be a lesson for you: Not all 2.0 TSI engines are the same, not even those that appear similar. From what we’ve gathered so far, the new Golf R is the first to use another Siemens ECU instead of the Bosch ECU which previously fitted the VW, Cupras or Audis.
In addition, this 2019 Golf R is not the best of its generation. It had added the gasoline particulate filter, and from what we understand, the 2.0 TSI had dual fuel injection in Europe before the new emissions standards came into effect. So a 310 hp (306 hp) model from 2017 might be best if you want a used model.