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Volkswagen Golf GTI Vs Renault Megane RS review – AutoExpress

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Volkswagen Golf GTI review: http://bit.ly/1aAVtZX
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The Volkswagen Golf GTI and Renaultsport Megane are two very different hot hatches. The French machine is all about uncompromised performance, whereas the German hatch is much more of an all-rounder. But does this mean the Renault Megane RS will always be faster on a racetrack?

Well, that’s not necessarily true. The Golf GTI in our video has been fitted with the Performance Pack, getting bigger brakes, a power upgrade to take the 2.0-litre engine up to 230bhp and a very clever electronic front differential.

The Renault Megane RS Cup has a traditional limited-slip diff, but also has a 2.0-litre turbo engine. However the Renault has 265bhp – 35 more than the Golf.

For several years Renaultsport has been the ‘master-craftsman’ of the hot hatch trade. I know it’s getting a bit long in the tooth but the Cup Megane is the best car they make. But what’s it like on track? Is it going to be quick enough to take on the new Golf GTI with the Performance Pack? You can find out in the video above.

We’re driving the car with the stability control turned off, which is what gives this car a big advantage on the track – when it’s off, it is off. Plus, there’s an instant liveliness to the Megane chassis, at the rear end.

The Renault completed the flying lap in 1 minute 14.3 seconds. Can the lower-powered and easier to live with Golf get anywhere near that mark?

There’s no question that the Golf GTI is the most desirable hot hatch you can buy, but there has always been two camps in the hot hatch market: those who want the all-rounder (which is the GTI) and those who want the hardcore, ultimate track car (which arguably is the Renaultsport Megane).

The question is whether this GTI with the Performance Pack and a manual gearbox can outperform the Renault Megane. It’s a shame you can’t turn off the stability control because it starts to come into play and that contributes to the brakes getting hot and just takes away that final edge of freedom you need to make this car fully engaging like the Renault.

The Golf GTI performance pack completed the flying lap in 1 minute 15.6 seconds. In the end the Golf GTI Performance Pack was 1.3 seconds a lap slower than the Megane RS Cup, so even though VW has added extra performance to the car, if it’s quick laps you’re after, the Renaultsport Megane is still number one.

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LEXUS LAMBO GUY says:

And the winner is…..Seat Leon SC Cupra you DUMMIES!!!!!!!!

Ben Cook says:

if you wear slacks and are looking forward to retiring it is the golf no contest.

champuss says:

gti is old hat.now them meganes are fresh

Eddie Lau says:

Give the car to an everyday driver and a UK B road and i bet the golf will come out as been the faster as its so much easy to make go fast on a day to day basis.

Giocar Cantando says:

volkswagen and skoda rule

Samer Sabbagh says:

Renault is The Best

mickey rat says:

If they sold French cars in the States I'd by the Renault.

Dejvid Ago says:

Fuck renault megano fuck ??

Gav G says:

now try the same thing against the Golf R

Jack Shephard says:

vw is bad car türkçesi dandik araba

MassiveGlove says:

Power pack?

Benji Jung says:

Despite the fact that the GTI has 35 less horsepower, and is heavier, it is so impressive how the queen of the hot haches is only slower by 1.03 seconds… plus it had the traction control on. I am not saying that the Megane RS is bad, but when it comes to compete against the GTI, any hot haches under 300 horsepower are unable to beat the GTI. (Apart from the Cupra 280/290 which is basically an angrier GTI using the same MQB platform, improved Inline 4 2 liter turbocharged engine, and the same DSG transmission, but I would still choose the GTI for the name value and the prestige, as well as a better interior) These are just my personal opinions. I just love the GTI that much.

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