No, not Jay Leno.
The entire hot hatch segment is the gateway to real performance for those of us who can’t afford supercars. And let’s face it, that’s mostly everyone. Fortunately, there are many hot hatches on the market today that are far more affordable, and one of the is the Volkswagen Golf R. Today, Harry Metcalfe, the guy who owns a ridiculously awesome garage packed with rare supercars and other highly priced exotics, gets behind the wheel for a real world review of the current ultimate VW hot hatch.
With 310 hp on tap, the Golf R is certainly no slouch by any means, but what we’re wondering is how a guy accustomed to Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis with the occasional Acura NSX tossed in the mix, thinks about the average gearhead’s thrill ride. Not surprisingly, he digs it. A lot.
What’s cool is that this particular Golf R is equipped with an Akrapovic exhaust for some extra combustion-sourced music. One of the biggest takeaways from Metcalfe’s review is just how brilliant this car is as both a performance thrill ride and a daily driver. Yes, this one is loud and is the recipient of a lot of attention (for better or worse), but it’s quite special at the same time. It’s an understatement, too. At first glance, it looks like a typical five-door Golf. A closer examination soon reveals it’s anything but. That said, we have a confession to make: while Metcalfe was showing the car we couldn’t help but glance at the Testarossa, Countach and many other greats parked in the background. We have wandering eyes. But hey, the Golf R is a brilliant car too.