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…

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