What is the Fastest Volkswagen Car?

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf R on Monday, October 9th, 2017 at 6:38 pm
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Volkswagen Golf Hits Unbelievable Performance Numbers in Video

A brand centered around practicality, it’s rare to hear Volkswagen car touted as a performance brand. That being said, the performance enthusiast community has historically rallied around certain Volkswagen models like the Bug, turning them into icons of performance in offbeat packaging.

One of the models around which enthusiasts and racing tuners have rallied the hardest, is the Volkswagen Golf. The VW Golf is a fun hatchback which quickly enters the realm of “hot hatchback” with some finely-tuned upgrades. Its light weight, mechanical ease, and aerodynamic shape have made it a great car on which to implement performance enhancements.

The level of attention Volkswagen pays to their fans is uncommon in the automobile industry. While other brands languish between consistently downgraded specs on performance cars, and an unwillingness to reimage classic icons, Volkswagen is hard at work making the changes people want to see.

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Following the performance-minded enthusiasts, Volkswagen currently offers two models of their fun Golf car that turn up the performance. These two models are the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Volkswagen Golf R

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is built for those who want to look forward to their commutes. It features a turbocharged 2.0L TSI® engine powering the hatchback everybody loves. Here’s how the performance breaks down:

  • 210 horsepower (4500 rpm)
  • 258 lb-ft. of torque (1500 rpm)
  • 0 – 60 mph in 5.9 seconds

With specs like these, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a capable daily driver with some serious opportunities for weekend fun.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Performance

If lower fuel efficiency is a sacrifice you’re willing to make for raw power, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R provides track-level performance in the brilliant Golf hatchback. Here are the performance numbers for the R.

  • 292 horsepower (5200 rpm)
  • 280 lb-ft. of torque (1800 rpm)
  • 0 – 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (automatic transmission)
  • 4MOTION all-wheel drive

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R features a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Performance enthusiasts are able to upgrade that to an available 6-speed DSG® automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode.

Both of these Volkswagen models provide speed and performance in the comfortable and spacious skin of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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2017 Volkswagen Golf R

What is the Fastest VW Golf ever?

With a huge collection of performance enthusiasts, we’ll probably never know the definitive answer to the “fastest ever” question. This video, however, is probably a pretty solid contender for that title. The Volkswagen featured in this video hits an astonishing 191 mph, completing a half-mile time trial in 17.85 seconds.

At nearly 1000 horsepower, it’s pretty hard to imagine anybody has outdone the speed and performance of this older Golf model. We doubt Volkswagen will be releasing anything close to this level of speed and performance any time soon. if they do, however, you can count on us to report it on our blog!

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