This actually happened this last weekend, when I went and test drove the new R
Pull into the dealer with my TR MK5 R32, got out of the car and I walked towards the R. After checking it out for a few minutes and having no one approach me, I went inside the dealer and asked for someone in sales.
Sales guy: Hi, how can I help you
Me: I would like to take a look at the new R
Sales guy: Well, we have 2 of them, the red one parked up front and the black one all they way to the back.
Me: The red one is actually mine, and it's an R32 not an R
Sales guy: Really? I though that was ours, and I could have sworn it was the new R, what's an R32 anyways?
Me: The previous version of the R
Sales guy: ohhhhhhh
anyways going to what matters, how does the Golf R compare to the MK5 R32.
First it's looks: I think it looks great, subtle but great just like previous R's the dealer had 2 R's both of them black a 2 door and a 4 door. Now I may be criticized for this but to me even though the R looks great it doesn't feel as refined as previous R models and same is the story with the inside. sure it has leather seats, sure it has Nav, sure it has heated seats and Xenon headlights but overall I just didn't feel that I was in a very special car, was I in a special car, yes but not as special as previous R models. So far I wasn't that impressed by it.
Now to the test drive, I loved the test drive, loved it with one exception... the growl of the VR6. The new R felt faster, more agile and nimble and less nose heavy, which made it under steer far less than previous models. Consumption was better than previous models, unless you drive it like a hooligan.
Overall I liked the new R but was a little disappointed by it, sure it has all the equipment that you expect on the R, and sure it faster than previous R's and you can also mod it far easier and cheaper than previous models, but somehow it just did not feel as special and refined as previous models. Would I buy one? sure, once my Mk5 R23 is completely dead.
What's everyone's thoughts?