VW Golf R Mk8 Shows Its Differences Drag Racing Golf R Mk7.5
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf did not take the iconic sedan in a new design direction. Instead, the automaker tweaked the looks while focusing on the refinement of the end product, which is best seen in the Golf R Mk8. The familiar sheet metal may feel like an overheated evolution of the Mk7.5, but there are some distinct differences under the sheet metal that are shown in Carwow’s latest drag racing video.
Both Golf R models feature 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines paired with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions with launch control, but the Mk8 delivers more power. It produces 320 horsepower (238 kilowatts) and 420 Newton-meters (309 pound-feet) of torque, while the Mk7.5 develops 300 horsepower (223 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-lt). Both have all-wheel drive, although the Mk8 has the most advanced system for better putting power to the ground.
The Mk8 weighs slightly more than the Mk7.5 – 1.551 kilograms (3.419 pounds) to 1483 kg (3269 pounds), respectively. However, this difference in weight is not enough to help the Mk7.5 overcome its performance drawbacks. The four drag races, which include two rolling starts, see the Mk8 beating the Mk7.5. Even when the Mk8 gave the Mk7.5 a half-second start, the Mk8 still passed it long before it crossed the finish line. The Mk8 completed the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds, or 12.8 with the delay of half a second, while it took the MK7.5 13.1 seconds to complete it.
The Mk7.5 outperforms the Mk8 in one area – braking. Its lighter weight and bigger tires gave it the edge in this challenge, although the Mk8 is the top performing machine, although it doesn’t look all that different. Small adjustments to the powertrain can have substantial effects in the real world. The video should push those on the fence to install the new Mk8 in the driver’s seat of the new VW. It’s just better.
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