VW Golf R Mk8 v Mk7.5: DRAG RACE
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Who’s up for a Golf R drag race!

We’ve brought in the all-new Mk8 Golf R to go up against its older brother, the Mk7, to see which is the fastest over the quarter-mile.

As you’d suspect, there’s very little to split them when you look at the stats on paper. Starting with the Mk8, it’s powered by a 2-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder petrol engine, which delivers 320hp \u0026 420Nm. It weighs in at 1,551kg, and costs from around £39,000.

As for the Mk7, well it’s also powered by a 2-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder petrol engine, although it only puts down 300hp and 400Nm. It does weigh slightly less though, coming in at 1,483kg. This is largely down to the newer Golf R having a more advanced AWD system, however.

So what do you think - will the Mk8 walk it? There’s only one way to find out… LET’S RACE!

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  • carwow

    Is the Mk8 Golf R the best hot hatch you can buy in 2021? LIKE this comment if you agree, or COMMENT with what you'd choose instead!

    • Doggo34

      @Richard French nice!

    • Richard French
      Richard French

      I’m getting one !

    • Doggo34

      Apparently 87 precent likes the golf r as the best hatch.

    • Danny Rhym3z
      Danny Rhym3z

      Not when it looks like that

    • Casian Cristea
      Casian Cristea

      700 like 😁

  • JinZuS

    Not impressed at all, I guess I'll have to wait for the MK8.5, the MK8 does not appeal to me at all it's lack she lacks personality ...

  • Sai

    Mk 8 front looks so weird wtf

  • chichi chichi
    chichi chichi

    I fk told you the new golf 8 looks like a polo next to golf 7

  • jst_hns 3579
    jst_hns 3579

    Problem, the new Golf r looks completely ugly…

  • Mike Osborne
    Mike Osborne

    Really all that extra money for one and a half seconds, why didn't you test the 7.5 with the same power. Pointless.

  • Josh_ Wright
    Josh_ Wright

    The new one sounded shit too Mat lmao

  • Daniel Straub
    Daniel Straub

    Ah thats the new Golf R, saw it last time and thought is was some kind of lowered Tiguan

  • AnonimusCrack

    Need us this video in Latin America carwow 🥺

  • Pete R
    Pete R

    7.5R 3 door manual stage 1 💙

  • Chris Rodriguez
    Chris Rodriguez

    Idk why there's a lot of comments saying the 7.5R is sexy, when the new one looks so much nicer. They didn't even review the interior of the new car.

  • UgoofySpaz-_

    The mk7 wasn’t fully pumped out

  • Jenson McVitty
    Jenson McVitty

    mk 7 looks better than mk 8 you cant disagree with me on that

  • okiroi

    boring cars both. especially the new one

  • Timo Eisenkopf
    Timo Eisenkopf

    Golf 7 r 2017 or 2018 White out OPF and 310PS HP

  • LeGend Tv
    LeGend Tv

    well. it is a fast and nice car but it has so many flaws. If you own one you quickly realise it is the first batch of its gen. Awful. wait a couple of years to buy it is my recommendation

  • luvify

    vw tends to have more hp than they claim. i have a 2015 gti and it claims to have like 210 but there’s been about 5 stock gti dyno’d and they’re running around 230-240

  • Manny Ortiz
    Manny Ortiz

    As a 7.5 owner, I’m glad to see the stock HP improvement on the MK8 but my car looks SOOO much better than that thing. If I had to, I would get an older one before the new model TBH

    • oliese

      @Big 1 I prefer the old gauges, i think they are prettier

    • Big 1
      Big 1

      your old looks obsolete with these analogic gauges... Things has changed and now is digital fully of digitaldashboards.

  • Reliant Robin
    Reliant Robin

    Compare to the pre-gpf 7.5r.

  • 728 Autos
    728 Autos

    That's what we call an ass whoopin

  • MrNohab

    Well the race is just not fare. Mk8 comes with stage one by vw. Tune up the 7.5 to stage one . Anyway I won’t get mk 8, My 7.5 looks much nicer.

  • HyperST

    Put them on a dyno!!

  • Billz

    Lol was the white one a GTI!?! 😲 GJ VW👍

  • Nico Tang
    Nico Tang

    60k€ for the MK8 no thanks...

  • Issam Nasr
    Issam Nasr

    Just watched a Mk8 dyno video. 340hp vs the claimed 313hp (320ps). So figure about 350ps

  • Hottest Tracks
    Hottest Tracks

    I hate the newer golfs. MK7 before face lift is golden, volkswagen ruined the cars with the facelift. Let alone the MK8s, i hope the 2021/2022 golfs never make it to America

  • Idrees Akoob
    Idrees Akoob

    Can we see an f30 335i against a golf 7R


    The 2021 is better

    • Nico Tang
      Nico Tang


  • west_side 🥇
    west_side 🥇

    7.5 ❤️❤️❤️

  • NK66

    Mk 7 looks better tho 👍

  • theZeek

    For a Golf R. Not for a Golf

  • Raif Raif
    Raif Raif

    These digital instrument panels are sooo shite

  • Retour a l'ancien Monde
    Retour a l'ancien Monde

    I like for Golf 7.5 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  • Rolly101

    Watching this video from (8:15 - 8:20Mins) in Slow-Mo! It made me think just how much ppl are EXAGGERATING this whole "Looks" thing between the Mk7/7.5 & Mk8! People hating on the Mk8 as if its a Billion miles away from the 1 next to it, its just bit silly really LoL!

  • TheOskarito88

    Look at the front end of the mk8 🤮

  • Zzafftv

    Why CARWOW never film the other guy driving?? they only show janni?

  • Yusuf Aktepe
    Yusuf Aktepe

    We love german cars

  • Krrizz Krozz
    Krrizz Krozz

    Speak english, kiss french, dress italian, spend arab, eat indian, party caribbean, Drive German 💪😎

  • Paul Stewart
    Paul Stewart

    7.5 is the last awesome looking Golf. VW clearly nerfed the design of the 8, so that folk slide into an ID.3.

  • warwickstingray

    Both awful. I’d rather sit on a bicycle with no seat than be seen in a golf and I have lavator ani syndrome!

  • Mickey Rat
    Mickey Rat

    0.3 secs difference on the quarter mile for 3000 GBP…seems fair

  • Des Ohare
    Des Ohare

    I wanna see a skyline

  • Kavir Sanchez
    Kavir Sanchez

    Golf 8 looks like a Renault clio.. they also have same wheels

  • Ethan Tucker
    Ethan Tucker

    That translates to 66,000CAD... A decently spec'd RS3 is 72,000. In this case I will never justify buying this

  • Treize Elements
    Treize Elements

    New race: both cars aim for a bicyclist to find out which car can take him out quickest

  • Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi
    Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    Muito pouca diferença top demais as duas versões 👏😍👍

  • Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi
    Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    Top os dois sou fã do modelo GTI e R vr6 e r32 😍👏

  • Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi
    Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    Top demais golf mk7 e mk8 GTI sou fã do modelo 😍👏🏁🏁

  • Marcio Ikuno
    Marcio Ikuno

    But the Mk7 looks better.

  • Dem K.
    Dem K.

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    Dem K.

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  • Dem K.
    Dem K.

    All 1-4 turbo intercooler petrol engines hybrid and all 1-4 turbo intercooler petrol engines in all brands companies : Easy heavy damage parts, 20-100 l/100km, over 100 l/100km by Formula One speed (160-250 km/hour, over 250 km/hour) on all circuits, test maximum over 150,000 rpm, little damage with traffic limit speed law on all path roads. Cause of forbidden 1-4 turbo intercooler petrol engines hybrid, 1-4 turbo intercooler petrol engines have been invented from terrorists, uneducated Automotive Engineering group, all humanoid prisoners level death. From All brands database

  • Jeremy Mercer-Deadman
    Jeremy Mercer-Deadman

    Or spend $250 and get an APR tune on your much better looking 7.5....

  • LuciTulcea

    At 5:28 Matt went full texan! 😅

  • Dan

    Man the interior on the new Golf R looks so cheap with all that black shiny plastic around the dash etc.

  • Lobster

    Where do you get a MK 7.5 with 300hp? They all have 310hp at least in Germany. Also, how many miles does the 7.5 have in this video? Its not uncommon for engines to loose a good amount of power with increasing milage and the clutch or the haldex could be worn. If you dont go into detail i dont see the point on publishing drag races like that. It just shows that this particular mk8 is faster than this particular mk7.5 spreading misinformation.

  • Bryce Czirr
    Bryce Czirr

    7R owners: 😭

  • Rocco Dantonio
    Rocco Dantonio

    when u create a channel with italian friend?

  • Azane April
    Azane April

    Why don't u try the Tiguan R against the Audi RSQ3

  • Low Key
    Low Key

    You remind me of Bobby flay for some odd reason

  • Low Key
    Low Key

    Can't wait to see tuned ones

  • Jonny kemp
    Jonny kemp

    I definitely wouldn't be trading it in, that difference would be turned on its head with a -£1k map

  • David Macias
    David Macias

    The older one still looks better

  • MòHâMmÃď HáŘb
    MòHâMmÃď HáŘb


  • Gromo

    i would stil choose teh old golf, for it looks much better than the new one

  • Ghost_lee Gaming
    Ghost_lee Gaming

    this blue VW is fast

  • Sajid Sarshar
    Sajid Sarshar

    Audi For Life

  • 奇门道

    Hi why not use drift moo to warm up the tyres before race (Golf 8)

  • Craig P
    Craig P

    Is 8gen golf r still using EA888 engine?

  • Jamzz 786
    Jamzz 786

    That has way more than 300 horses

  • Nicholas Jarrett
    Nicholas Jarrett

    It better be faster 😂 df

  • tom barber
    tom barber

    This comparison was clearly intended to emphasize the advantages of the new car. At the launch, the 7.5 experienced a slight delay. They mentioned the release of the brake, but it probably has to do with the fact that when stopped, neither of the dual clutches is engaged. Regardless of the true cause of this slight delay at launch, this slight delay accounts for essentially all of the difference between the two cars in the first run. After they compensated for this difference in the second run, the new car still crossed the line slightly ahead of the 7.5, but the difference was so slight as to be of no significance. The last runs started from highway speed, and amounted to a test of passing ability on a high speed freeway, such as may be found in Germany I suppose. In this kind of test the car with the advantage in peak power will always have the overall advantage irrespective of differences in mass or the power/weight ratio. The ability to overcome atmospheric drag is not influenced by the mass of the vehicle. By the way, the fellow driving the 7.5 said that the advantage of the new car in the later run, starting from highway speed, was attributable to a difference in "torque", and not to a difference in power. This is profoundly ignorant, and it is unfortunate that we continue to see automotive journalists (these guys are modern journalists) that lack a proper, fundamental understanding of torque and power. Peak speed of a vehicle is encountered when atmospheric drag force has increased to the point where this force and the driving force are in equilibrium. There are numerous different ways to write an expression for the driving force. A few pertinent examples: "wheel torque / wheel radius", "power / (wheel radius x wheel rotational speed)", "power / (vehicle speed / (2 x pi))", "(engine torque x engine rpm) / (vehicle speed / (2 x pi))", "(engine torque x overall gear ratio) / wheel radius". These different ways to express driving force are all fully equivalent. Important to know, though, is that at peak velocity, the expression you use for driving force, whichever one you prefer, will be very close to the maximum value for that expression. In fact it is only because of the stepped nature of discrete gear ratios that the the expression will not generally be precisely at its maximum possible value for the vehicle, when peak velocity is reached. It is apparent that when peak velocity is reached, power will be at or near its maximum possible value for the vehicle. The same is true for the product of engine torque and engine rpm. Given that engine torque per se (as opposed to the product of engine torque and engine rpm) is at or near its maximum possible value when peak velocity is reached, it makes no real sense to think that the passing performance of a vehicle would be more about engine torque than about power. Of course if what you mean by "torque" is torque at the wheels, then it makes very little difference whether you think of it in terms of torque vs. power, because in order to maximize wheel torque at a given instant, you maximize power, not engine torque. It was apparent from the fact that power is 10% greater in the new car than in the 7.5 that the new car will have a slight advantage in terms of passing ability at highway speed. Okay, but in a practical sense I doubt whether I would notice even this difference. And if I did notice this difference, it still would not make up for my strong dislike of the way they did away with essentially all of the knobs and replaced them with touch-screen controls. This is the reason that, in my subjective opinion, the new Golf R is an abomination.

  • Adam Field
    Adam Field

    Sure Nobody is gonna trade a MK7/7.5 for a MK8....have you seen it....it’s ugly asf

  • taewiao

    only needs to watch 5:50

  • M Miles
    M Miles

    Auto though? That's so trash. So many shitty little things about this car - crap boring gearbox, shitty touch controls, horrible aircon controls, ugliest front end... fkn ever..... Eff this, I'm going to Mercedes.

  • Bull M
    Bull M

    Mat you should uses in these 1v1 drags stuff like some cares get a head start or the hit and go just to make it more even n intersting

  • Kaneo Evouqe
    Kaneo Evouqe

    The blue 1 has more power

  • Diana Nghipulwa
    Diana Nghipulwa

    The new golf R actually pumps out around 340bhp and the old one about 320bhp

  • Cee

    Nothing will ever get me into a car with that user interface. Don't care how fast it is.

  • Nico Goliath
    Nico Goliath

    i'd take the 7,5 over the 8 , the looks of the 8 well i just dont like

  • Bomzhara

    The new Golf R actually makes 340 hp and 435 nm of torque

  • kiwiklogg

    The thing is that these engines are so tunable that really this difference can be down to tweaking a few settings on the ecu. What would be really interesting would be to see both cars with identical aftermarket tunes - ie, take the software variable out.

  • RaKoS1

    I don't like 8R interior especially this overkill control system through display with lack of buttons and I don't like front of 8R, but speed and torque vectoring on 8R looks way better. Still I would buy 7 or 7.5 R with some reasonable mileage, because I see it as better bargain and if I would want higher engine power I would tune it.

  • MindControll!!

    What a diffrence!

  • Вадим Коршенко
    Вадим Коршенко

    Golf 8 👍

  • Σπύρος Μαρπίνης
    Σπύρος Μαρπίνης

    Please can you do a drag race with OPC-VXR cars?

  • A buld
    A buld

    the other guys just can't drive

  • scollyutube

    So the Golf 7 is the one with the petrol particulate filter which isn't the same spec as the 310kw ones we got overseas right? I think think this is more drivetrain and torque in the new one. Overseas car sites got better numbers for their 7.5s than Matt's getting.

  • promodelred

    That new car is so ugly

  • Malmö Stad
    Malmö Stad

    the 2018 golf r mk 7,5 have 310 hp and faster dan mk8 with 320 hp

  • Frank luxobzor
    Frank luxobzor

    7 looks better

  • A A
    A A

    You just a better driver all the others are s

  • Alessandro Deiana
    Alessandro Deiana

    The golf 7 R is still a way better looking car, looks more agressive aswell especialy the normal 7R


    a question, here where I live and Brazil, and this golf and rich man's car here, is it common abroad?

  • Anton

    It’s obvious the new MK8 40 or so hp higher then MK7.5. A simple JB4 preset map will fix that gap nicely.

  • manisha rasul
    manisha rasul


  • manisha rasul
    manisha rasul

    Can u do the audi a3 vs rs3

  • GreenTea

    The Mk8 might have won two points and Mk7.5 one point, but -1 point from Mk8 for that god ugly front design, i still don't like it one bit.

  • DeBedschbacher

    07:47 it's not a sportscar mate, its it's a family hatchback. Wich makes it even more amazing...

  • Ben Salem
    Ben Salem

    I would like to see a 996 turbo vs 997.1 turbo vs 997.2 turbo vs 991.1 turbo 991.2 and a 992 turbo not turbo s if possible