Edmunds U-Drags: VW Golf R Shames Its Fancy Audi S4 Cousin

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The Golf R bought beat off the road within the first race however got here roaring again to cowl the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds at 108.9 mph, trouncing the S4’s 13.3-second run at 104.8 mph. In Race 2, it was the Golf R that bought the leap, but the 2 automobiles put up similar 13.3-second instances within the quarter mile, probably as a result of the Golf R bought on the brakes just a little earlier with a lure velocity of solely 102.7 mph to the S4’s 104.8 mph. Nonetheless, the Golf R would go on to win that warmth decisively as properly.

Notably, the Golf R’s win did not rely on grip. By way of the U-turn the automobiles have been practically equal at 1.0 lateral g for the Golf R and 1.01 lateral g for the S4. The Golf R’s refined AWD system permits as much as 100% of rear-axle torque to be despatched to at least one rear wheel, which can have supplied a bonus as our drivers bought again on the throttle exiting the U-turn. In any case, the VW’s power-to-weight benefit finally gained out: In Race 1, the Golf R crossed the end line at 115.5 mph with the S4 trailing at 112.4 mph, and that end result successfully repeated itself in Race 2 (112.5 mph versus 110.6 mph).

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