Before the new Golf/GTI (MKVII) arrives in this country, VW is offering the MKVI Golf R for enthusiast who’d like a hotter GTI with AWD. They’ve done this before with the two prior generations of the R32. Except with this release Volkswagen has specifically called out the Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Evo X, two AWD heroes, as the Golf R’s primary competition.
We took one look at the stat sheet for the Golf R and realized it seems far closer to the standard WRX and Ralliart than the bigger boys. But, as we always say “you can’t drive a spec sheet”, so we rounded up a representative from each category to see where the Golf R actually belongs.
The result is this threesome: a Golf R vs. a standard Subaru WRX and a tricked out Mitsubishi Evo. Of course the WRX and Evo aren’t direct competitors, but they represent a great range of price and performance to measure the R against.
So, here we are on a sunny day, with a great empty road, and three cars aimed right at enthusiasts. Sure, you can watch any of these cars by themselves, but this is the only way to watch the full comparison!
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