Having a Volkswagen Golf R for a weekend inevitably makes you need to get away. To the Netherlands? Dragging on a carpet at 100 km / h with such a sedan, out of the query. France then? And spending his time monitoring down the constabulary with binoculars, too little for us. It is in fact Germany that draws us. In actuality, it was a foregone conclusion since a pal’s birthday was ready for us there. It is due to this fact with the green sticker and winter tires we are going to drive the sporty sedan on Autobahn and round Darmstadt. Except that the climate performed the spoilsport.
The mannequin at our disposal was a considerably peculiar Volkswagen Golf R. It was the 20 Years Edition with 330 hp transmitted to the 4 wheels. Either the strongest Golf “of all time”. Speaking of climate, the climate did not assist us. It is already tough to totally exploit one of these automotive on our roads, but when as well as the Autobahn is swept by rain and snow… And sure, it snowed in Limburg (the German metropolis, not the Flemish province) . The visitors and the rain, particularly on the method again, prevented us from approaching its most velocity of 270 km/h. Regardless, it was doable to go sooner than in Belgium. A rhythm that the 4-cylinder 2.0 TSI accepts with out flinching. The automotive, properly positioned on the asphalt, accepts the compressions and imperfections of the asphalt with authority. But that was throughout the journey. Let’s return to the place to begin.
Comfort with a capital E
Before arriving in Germany, the Belgian motorway journey was made with the “Comfort” mode, which shows an E on the dashboard. When beginning up, the Golf R all the time plugs into Sport mode. By urgent the button on the console after which the icon on the display, you’ll be able to calm your passions. Especially when accelerating. It can also be extra discreet at the stage of the unique band coming out of the exhaust. At the border crossing, a little push on the R button on the steering wheel pushes the automotive into Racing mode. The exhaust is a bit happier. The automotive a little tougher on the tarmac and livelier below the proper foot. It will even search for the pink zone of the digitized tachometer in the type of a bar. The darkness is already right here on this Friday night. The automated excessive beams juggle to guarantee the finest visibility with out dazzling different street customers. Especially since the visitors is heavy. It is feasible to do a few sprints at 160 km/h on the 3e band, however not often extra. And our first cease, in Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven, is already there. We will spend the night time there.
It’s snowing !
The lodge is true subsequent to the freeway. We due to this fact entry it straight, we resolve to uncover the melody of the Nürburgring mode, regardless of the rain. Beethoven (native of Bonn) higher watch out. The accelerations are accompanied by a shrill track earlier than passing to loud night breathing after a few yelps when releasing the pedal. Sometimes it clicks. But on the freeway, it shortly turns into tiresome, as a result of except you go for jerky driving, you may as properly keep in Sport mode. And regardless of the whole lot, the kilometers are swallowed with out martyrdom on highways with nice landscapes and a few parts with robust inclination. The suspension ensures ample consolation for lengthy-distance journeys. On snow, winter tires (compulsory in Germany) and all-wheel drive are clearly reassuring. It is due to this fact slightly in fine condition that we attain the residence of our mates in the state of Hesse close to Darmstadt. The funniest factor will likely be for Sunday.
A cry in the mist
After the outing with mates and the ” Alles Gute zum Geburtstag* of circumstance in a native restaurant, course the lodge. Which will reward us with a impolite awakening with fireplace alarm at 6 am. Not too severe, since in any case, it was needed to keep away from sleeping in to attain the ruins of Burg Frankenstein (sure like the Swiss scientist in the novel by Mary Shelley). What is attention-grabbing is the small street to get there. Especially when the visitors is sort of zero in the early morning. The street is moist, lined with fallen leaves in mid-November. Race mode – Nürburgring to begin climbing, routinely with the 7-velocity DSG at the begin earlier than switching to the paddles. The all-wheel drive as soon as once more reveals its usefulness. The sedan is steady. Even laborious braking on nook entry doesn’t disturb the rear axle (we didn’t dare to use Drift mode, which is unnecessary on public roads). The paddles behind the steering wheel make it straightforward to change gears in sporty driving. Despite the whole lot, a vigilant driving given the slippery circumstances and the mist on this morning when the temperatures had been shut to 0°C. Good level for ergonomics with a handset on the left which permits straightforward activation of the entrance and rear fog lights. The steering, with a frank contact, ensures exact and direct trajectory taking. But above all, it’s the symphony of the breath of the engine that wakes up the Teutonic forest. The timber shiver as the Golf R passes in an environment padded by the frost. Nothing appears to disturb this Volkswagen in its want for cohesion with the driver. She responds to desiderata in a pleasurable and never very discreet track.
Back to regular life. From a monster, the sedan turns into docile and civilized once more in Comfort mode. We would not need to trigger neighborhood disputes for our mates. Last meal earlier than returning to Belgium, with “Mamie” for firm, who had spent a few days together with her son and his household. She takes benefit of our presence to invite herself into this uncommon taxi. A raise in Volkswagen Golf R, it might be silly to refuse. There stays the query of circumstance: “Aren’t you afraid in the automotive? “. “No, I have never been sick in the car”. Cool ! Even if the showers, which even covered certain sections with an impressive film of water, prevented him from testing his resistance to the thrills of the Autobahn. Which was very often subjected to temporary limitations Where ” bei Nässe** stopping any try to return to Chronopost (or slightly if, in Chronopost mode exactly, quiet). But as soon as once more, when given the alternative, the Golf R chassis confirmed its security in difficult circumstances, even at good speeds. In comparability, a Golf GTI, admittedly with much less horsepower, is all the time a little extra mischievous. Back in Belgium for an finish of the journey in cruise management. However, the cruise management too typically takes the initiative to change the programmed velocity with out asking us. He desires to do us a favor by getting caught on the new velocity restrict. Except that typically (and even typically), he’s improper. Blame it on ISA, this factor that’s imposed on us and which remains to be not developed. Bugs that we additionally observed in Germany on the restricted parts and on the peri-city roads.
The Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years Edition could also be the strongest in the historical past of manufacturing Golfs, nevertheless it stays docile. Its agility turns into management for sharper nook exits. It may be wild and even badass in Drift mode, however above all it’s a automotive able to finishing traditional missions comparable to a weekend with mates with baggage in the trunk and visitors on the bench seat. The consolation is ample not to rework the journeys into dorsal or muscular ordeal. As for consumption, by mixing driving types and by no means exceeding 180 km/h on the Autobahn, the common was 8.7 l/100 km of petrol over the 1300 km of the test, together with the getting began and brief journeys in Belgium.
Note : in accordance to the precept of the street-journey, the photographs are taken on the spot with a smartphone, typically by certainly one of the passengers.