RS 6 Avant Leaves Golf R in the Dust and the Wind

Audi RS 6 Avant vs Volkswagen Golf R

One’s a hot hatch. The other’s a hot wagon. However, the inter-family rivalry is one-sided in heavy favor of the monster RS 6 Avant.

Need to haul the whole family around, but don’t want a crossover? The Audi RS 6 Avant is the best answer. Not only do you and yours get tons of room for the kids and groceries, there’s also the big V8 with 591 horses to get you to all the after-school happenings in a flash. Why settle for anything else?

However, there’s another option out there for those who prefer compact hatches: the Volkswagen Golf R. The 2.0-liter turbo-four slams down 315 horses on its way to IKEA. Yet, Archie Hamilton learns that while the VAG wins the whole comparison, the little Golf is no match for the behemoth RS 6 Avant.

Audi RS 6 Avant vs Volkswagen Golf R

“It is Golf R versus RS 6 time,” said Hamilton. “How is this Golf R gonna do? I’ve got no idea. But what I do know is that this car matched an A 45 S. So I decided, ‘Let’s put it up against the daddy of all daddies of dailies, the Audi RS 6. Let’s see how it gets on for me. This is all about how much can it keep up with the RS 6.”

As it would turn out for Hamilton, not at all. Though he knew it would lose to the RS 6 Avant, the monster wagon left the Golf R far behind. On both pulls, the Audi stole the show and then some, proving that four more cylinders paired with a turbo will always beast all over a turbo-four. Perhaps a rolling start may even things up. Right?

Audi RS 6 Avant vs Volkswagen Golf R

“I messed it up,” said James Exton. “That wasn’t great, I must be honest. But now, I’m pulling straight ahead […] There’s no doubt about it: the RS 6 still in gear speed is quicker, but that’s no surprise. Bigger engine, isn’t it? More power.”

On both 30-mph rolls, the RS 6 Avant swept its baby cousin. Not even with Exton’s twin, Tom Exton, cheating by jumping the line on the second roll could stop the Audi’s dominance.

Audi RS 6 Avant vs Volkswagen Golf R

“The moral of the story on this one is that the Golf R couldn’t really keep up,” said Hamilton.

Perhaps an RS 3 might be more the Golf R’s speed?

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Cameron Aubernon

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aside from her contributions to Audi World, Aubernon can be found all through the IB Auto Group family, including 6 Speed Online, LS1Tech, and Team Speed. She also has her own independent automotive blog, Aubernon Highway.

Aubernon can be reached through her public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. She is wary of those she doesn’t already know, though; thus, she may not respond to messages sent.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Superchips Tune GPF-equipped Golf GTI To ‘332 bhp’

Volkswagen have been fitting Gasoline Particulate Filters (GPF) to their latest petrol engines in order to meet the new Euro 6 emissions regulations, and this has led to some work for aftermarket tuners. GPFs add extra complications to the petrol engine and more work for the ECU, and that in turn means new tuning maps are required. Superchips have been looking at the Volkswagen Golf GTI in its facelifted Mk7 guise and have managed to release quite a few spare horses from under the bonnet.

Their stage 1 remap pushes power from the 2.0-litre TSI up by 64bhp, with torque increasing by 119Nm. Those are seriously impressive figures for a Stage 1 remap, and for £399 fitted that’s a big bang for your buck.

However, something else stands out in the power chart below. Superchips dyno figures are quoting the original power output as 268bhp and torque as 390Nm, which is a big jump from the official figures of 241bhp (or 245PS in metric land) and 350Nm. So is the GTI a lot fitter than VW claim or has something else been done to this car?

Volkswagen Golf GTI 7.5 on the Superchips dyno

Mountune Boosts Golf Mk7.5 GTI

Essex-based tuners Mountune are continuing to look at upgrades for the Volkswagen range and are now ready to release their first upgrade the Mk7.5 Volkswagen Golf GTI under their m52 brand.

Their m52 Stage 1 GTI package boosts power and torque “without compromising on the vehicle’s safety or reliability”. The Stage 1 Power Upgrade can be yours for just £715.50 (including VAT) and allows you to tune the car yourself by simply plugging in the mTune handset.

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