Mark Urbanoautomotive and driver

Lap Time: 3:12.1

Class: LL2 | Base: $39,790 | As a check: $40,185
Power and Weight:
241 hp • 3311 lb. • 13.7 lb/hp
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3, 235/35R-19 91Y

The efficiency of the eighth-generation GTI this yr reaffirmed what we have identified for some time: its dealing with is a marvel. Formally, it was 2.5 seconds per lap quicker than the seventh-gen GTI we drove right here in 2015. Unofficially, it is even quicker. We’ll inform what occurred in a minute.

We drove the Autobahn model, which has 21 extra horses than the 2015 automotive and is the one GTI to come back with summer season rubber from the manufacturing facility. Autobahns even have adaptive dampers, and ours was fitted with an non-compulsory seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. However the brand new GTI is 235 kilos heavier on this trim, which negates a few of its energy benefits. The brand new automotive nonetheless has a barely higher pound-per-horsepower ratio, and at 127.1 mph in straight entrance, it is quicker at 4.0 mph.

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn

Mark Urbanoautomotive and driver

The true fringe of the brand new automotive lies in its chassis. We have by no means pushed a GTI that is so prepared and planted; Understeer is minimal on the restrict, as you’ll count on in a rear-driver. The electronically managed limited-slip differential eliminates time-wasting wheelspin when exiting tight Oak Tree corners, and there is not any want for stability management, which may now be turned off completely. The GTI feels so good and dependable that it averages 118.5 mph via difficult climbing aces, a mere 1.1 mph slower than the M3 competitors xDrive.

Sadly, the GTI’s lap time would not replicate how far it has come. The driving force, who will stay nameless, claims he noticed 3:10.6 on the VBox readout – however the VBox rookie forgot to slip a reminiscence card into the unit, so there is not any proof. The official time is the quickest interval for which there’s information. This unofficial lap, about 4 seconds quicker than the earlier GTI, signifies the brand new’s true potential. We’ll must convey it again subsequent yr to make it official.

Again to Lightning Lap 2022

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