The Volkswagen Golf R is the new hot hole on the block, and CarWow gets it to challenge it against the Honda Civic Type R for some drag racing. Here’s a chance to see which one really meets the R moniker.
Looking at the specifications, these two vehicles are closely aligned. According to the American specification, Honda’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharger has 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 400 Newton meters. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Golf R delivers 315 hp (235 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft). Although this video with examples in the UK market has a power of 320 hp (239 kW).
The rest of the powertrain is still a big differentiator. Honda has a six-speed manual and front-wheel drive. VW gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive and a launch setting.
The difference between them is immediately apparent when the towing race begins. The Civic Type R is struggling to launch, and the Golf R is leaving. The CarWow host says this is not a problem with the person behind the CTR steering wheel because he is a professional stuntman.
The next two drag races highlight how fast the Golf R is. First, the VW driver waits a moment after Honda starts, and the German model still wins. Next, quickly count to 10 before launch, which is quite enough for the Civic to win by the nose.
The story is basically the same race from the roll. The Golf R simply accelerates from the Civic without any problems.
The only aspect in which the CTR beats the Golf R is its braking. The difference is only a few meters, but it is still enough for Honda to earn one victory in this video.