We were all really excited when the all-new Volkswagen Golf R was launched in Malaysia. The first encounter with it was in Sepang International Circuit when Volkswagen Group Malaysia organized the media track day event there. What, a machine.

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Sits 60 horsepower above the already-wunderbar Golf GTI, its 2.0-liter engine generates 280 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque! 0 to 100, 5 seconds flat! The R department is really something, squeezing 140hp per liter out from the turbocharged 4-cylinder TSI engine.

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But then, the other German automaker did a better job by producing 180hp per liter in “The Beast” – powered by the most powerful 2.0-liter engine in the world. That is why we brought it along, the 360hp Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG to the video review of the Golf R.

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This time we invited a professional driver, Ivan Khong, who is Malaysia’s Gymkhana Champion, Intensive Driver Trainer for BMW, and he was also a rally and race driver. If you remember, he was the stunt driver in the “Men vs MINI” video that we produced last year.

In this review, we set up a test course which Ivan will show you why more power doesn’t always translate to usable speed especially around corners. [Spoiler Alert] Golf R’s XDS+ did the trick.

Before you start to complain comment, this video review is not a full-on comparison review between the Golf R Mk7 and the A45 AMG. We still believe in focusing on one car to give you a proper review with in-depth details. I hope you’ll like it. If you happen to not like it, please, just be nice.

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Read our full review here.


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GC Mah
GC Mah likes any car that gives him the tingling sensation, just like any car enthusiast would. It doesn't have to be fast or expensive, British or Italian. A little car that's pretty and fun to drive is enough to make his day.