Tag "Volkswagen"

Audi S1 vs Volkswagen Golf R

Given Phar lap’s success, you could say generational breeding is a potent way of building an athlete. For cars, too, we’ve seen such genetic refinement benefit thoroughbreds like Porsche’s 911. But what about where mister middle class lives? In a

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$50-100K | Volkswagen Golf R #4

God, this thing just gets better every year, doesn’t it. You drive a front-wheel-drive Golf GTi (even the Performance version with that tricky diff) and you wonder if you need the all-paw R in the first place. And then you

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$0-50K | Volkswagen Polo GTI #3

Big things were expected of VW’s new Polo GTI at this year’s Bang for your Bucks. After all, this is the updated version of the car that turned the BFYB formula on its head so comprehensively it called the future

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Renault Megane RS265 vs Volkswagen Golf GTi Performance

This is your future. This story was originally published in our October 2014 issue I shall not dwell on the politics of abandoning our indigenous car-building industry, nor will I bore you with my views on losing home-grown performance heroes

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Hot Tuner 2015 | Harding Volkswagen Golf R

Harding Performance brought a mildly fettled MkVII Golf R to Hot Tuner just to prove how good the new-gen platform is. Check out all the Hot Tuner 2015 action here. It was a brassy move considering the opposition, but Guy Harding

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Ford Focus ST vs Mercedes Benz A250 Sport vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

A few years ago, the hot hatch genome inexplicably split in two. One branch mutated with huge wheels, swooping coupé rooflines and bulging wheelarches, sacrificing practicality for style and supercar-rivalling back-road pace. Think Renault Sport Megane, VW Scirocco and the

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Renault Clio RS vs Ford Fiesta ST vs Volkswagen Polo GTI

There’s always significant risk associated with changing a successful formula. Not only is there the challenge of tackling something new, there’s always the possibility the new stuff won’t be as good as the old stuff. Imagine, for example, if AC/DC

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VW to build Golf GTI Clubsport

This is the driver’s Golf you may have been waiting for since the seventh-generation’s release. Volkswagen has announced the GTI Clubsport Concept seen at Worthersee earlier this year has been rubber stamped to enter production, seeing the GTI badge elevated

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Volkswagen Golf GTI

It’s the Goldilocks effect: some cars don’t initially blow you away with a particular attribute, but slowly wriggle their way into your affections with an inherent rightness. Volkswagen’s Golf GTI has traditionally been one such car. Rarely the fastest, sharpest

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Volkswagen Polo GTI

Upon its release in 2011, the Volkswagen Polo GTI completely blew the performance car market wide open. Never before had you been able to buy this sort of speed – 0-100km/h in under seven seconds, sub-15sec quarter mile – for so

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