Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. Toyota GR86 & Surprising Legend
Another drag contest is coming up in the desert soon, yet this time it involves a face-off between two distinct inexpensive performance autos: a bona fide entry-level sports car from Toyota and a fiery hatchback from Volkswagen.
The two generate comparable effects, notably upon contemplation of their diverging weights. However, the duo stands apart in nearly every other trait. Thus, it is YouTube’s Fast Lane Car trial that will decide the significance of the traditional sports car composition as opposed to a multi-talented hatchback.
Are you certain that a high-performance vehicle is necessary if a hatchback can deliver similar speed, control and stoppage as well as being more practicable?
Ascending from the dynasty of sporty hatchbacks, tracing its roots to Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 205, the newest MK8 VW Golf GTI is a respectable and sophisticated automobile. Its design takes after those economical but compact cars with a pinch of racing characteristics.
This performance is delivered by means of a turbocharged 2-litre 4-cylinder powerplant that’s capable of producing 241 horsepower and 273 lb.ft of torque, with access to optional 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission – 6-speed manual gearbox being available as an option as well. The MK8 GTI will have a starting retail price of $30,000, and it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in merely 5 seconds.
With a 0-60 mph time under 5 seconds, the Toyota GR86 will have its work cut out. Armed with a 2.4-liter, flat-4 motor providing 228 ponies and 184 lb-ft of torque, as well as 400 fewer pounds thanks to a lighter weight of only 2,800 lbs, it’s no doubt going to be a formidable challenge.
At $28,400, the Toyota GR86 for 2023 is set for an exciting competition over a quarter mile in the first leg of any event.
The all-new GR86 has replaced its less powerful predecessor, boasting Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres for superior traction. Nevertheless, its 0-60 mph time of 6 seconds indicates that it may not be as swift as its competitors.
As two cars take off from the pistol, it becomes obvious early on that the Golf GTI is quicker than the GR86.
Its hefty 100 lb-ft torque edge, its extra 13 hp, and its slick shifter all play in its favor. An acceleration test further highlights this advantage; nonetheless, a braking battle favors the Toyota due to its lighter vehicle weight, well loved Michelin tires, and superior stopping power.
Does a hatchback really stand a chance of keeping up with a sports car for a thrilling experience? Undeniably, during an autocross-style race, both vehicle models tend to act quite similarly and the VW Golf unquestionably proves equal or superior to the Toyota. To everyone’s astonishment, a drag race involving a classic Pontiac Trans Am Comp T/A leads to yet another victory for the Golf; however, this small advantage of just one vehicle length certifies that the motor of the Trans Am, already 30 years old, is still going strong.