Started thread in vw lounge. Sorry for double post.
I’m considering a purchase on a new Golf R. A bit of background: Used to own a mk2 3.2 TT and currently drive a 2010 STI. The TT was a very civilized ride, albeit a little stiff for the bumpy ride in Montreal. When I first bought it, I was pretty satisfied with the power. The engine had enough low end torque, and combined with the quick engagement for the haldex AWD, made launching from a stop pretty consistent. The top end was never really anything spectacular, and eventually got pretty boring. Still, I loved the Audi luxury that came with it and it looked fantastic. I felt like the car was not worth the price given the performance, so I decided to look for something that performed better for the price after I sold it. I bought the STI, and that was really something else. Having owned only AWD cars, this was the only one that I was able to kick the back end out in a corner. Launching took some learning, and it was hard not to bog in the beginning. Despite the turbo lag, power is absolutely monstrous after ~3500 rpm. There was simply no comparison in raw performance with the TT in terms of handling or straight line acceleration. Stock, I could absolutely stomp on modded GTIs from a dig and even from a roll. Hell, I could even pull on a B7 S4, which I thought was pretty impressive. Obviously I think the B8 would have been a different story. What I didn’t like was the interior. It was filled with low-quality plastics and the sound system was abysmal. Then there was the dashboard-rattle that started at around ~35k km.
So what I want to know is: Has anyone driven/owned the Golf R that has driven the STI or TT? What do you think about the power? I’m willing to trade a little bit of power for the extra comfort and sophistication of the R, as long as it’s not too much. I also want to know about dyno results from Rs compared to GTIs. If the difference isn’t significant, then I don’t think I’d like to purchase the R. Having driven the GTI, I thought it was a real piece of crap performance-wise, despite all the magazine hype. It was porky and underpowered. If it’s GTI-slow, then I’ll be looking at something else.
Looking for your 2 cents.