Your thoughts on the upcoming VW Golf R? I’m less concerned about the M235i, since the 2015 STI has already been matched up with that particular car (see this post for more insight).
My thoughts? This is just another VW Mk VII Golf R video. This is also another Golf R video that is non-US-spec. This is also another video touting its Haldex system.
We keep seeing videos of this car but only in it’s EU-guise. It makes me wonder if there will be a US version (of the same car, not a watered down version). Also, everyone keeps talking about how smart the Haldex system is — it was initially debuted in the Golf R on an ice track. Subaru has been doing that for YEARS. As well, Haldex isn’t true all-wheel-drive…it enables power to the wheels only when needed. Yes, that is more efficient. No, that doesn’t make it better than dedicated AWD systems. I’d like to see the car handle and see drivers such as Randy Pobst test that car on a track. Yes, Chris Harris gave the car ‘the beans’ in the video, but I’ve to see much more of this car than the last 8 months of videos before I become intrigued by this car’s technology. And then there’s the euro stigma about technology. Will this car be expensive to service and maintain? Will there be non-stop electrical gremlins that plague the owner experience?
No, I’m not yet smitten. Keep trying to woo me, VW.