Sell your car Get offers from multiple dealers

Drag race: Mk8 Volkswagen Golf R vs Mk7 Golf R

May 20, 2021 by

Is the new Volkswagen Golf R any faster than the old car? Watch on to find out…

If you’ve been keeping up with carwow drag races in recent months, you’ll know just how impressive the latest Volkswagen Golf R has been. (If not, click here, here and here to refresh your memory.)

Today, the Mk8 VW Golf R faces its toughest challenge, as it takes on its forefather — the Mk7 Golf R.

On paper at least, it’s taken a big step forward. The new Volkswagen Golf R retains the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the old car, albeit with power boosted up to 320hp and 420Nm of torque.

That’s a fair jump over the 300hp and 400Nm of torque of the Mk7. Both cars use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with launch control systems, with power sent to all four wheels.

The new Golf R does weigh a fair bit more though, tipping the scales at 1,551kg compared with the old car’s 1,483kg.

Has progress really been made then, or can the old Golf throw up a surprise? Well, watch on to find out…

Want to keep up to date with the latest news?

Sign up for the carwow newsletter by entering your email address below to receive regular updates featuring our latest videos, reviews, news stories and blog posts from across the world of cars. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

By clicking the submit button you agree to our T&Cs and confirm you have read our Privacy Policy.

Volkswagen Golf R

The hottest Volkswagen Golf you can buy.
9/10
£40,025
RRP
Read review Compare offers