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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  1. carwow


    26 ימים לפני

    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


      12 ימים לפני

      @Richard French nice!

    • Richard French

      Richard French

      13 ימים לפני

      I’m getting one !

    • Doggo34


      14 ימים לפני

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

    • Danny Rhym3z

      Danny Rhym3z

      15 ימים לפני

      Not when it looks like that

    • Casian Cristea

      Casian Cristea

      15 ימים לפני

      700 like 😁

  2. Hanzo2008


    11 שעות לפני

    Isnt 7.5r 310hp?

  3. Barclay Dgrge

    Barclay Dgrge

    23 שעות לפני

    The juicy collar cumulatively fax because exclamation proportionally knot lest a deranged apple. fluttering, mountainous diamond

  4. JinZuS


    3 ימים לפני

    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 ...

  5. Sai


    3 ימים לפני

    Mk 8 front looks so weird wtf

  6. chichi chichi

    chichi chichi

    3 ימים לפני

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

  7. jst_hns 3579

    jst_hns 3579

    4 ימים לפני

    Problem, the new Golf r looks completely ugly…

  8. Mike Osborne

    Mike Osborne

    4 ימים לפני

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

  9. Josh_ Wright

    Josh_ Wright

    5 ימים לפני

    The new one sounded shit too Mat lmao

  10. Daniel Straub

    Daniel Straub

    5 ימים לפני

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

  11. AnonimusCrack


    5 ימים לפני

    Need us this video in Latin America carwow 🥺

  12. Pete R

    Pete R

    6 ימים לפני

    7.5R 3 door manual stage 1 💙

  13. Chris Rodriguez

    Chris Rodriguez

    6 ימים לפני

    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.

  14. UgoofySpaz-_


    6 ימים לפני

    The mk7 wasn’t fully pumped out

  15. Jenson McVitty

    Jenson McVitty

    7 ימים לפני

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

  16. okiroi


    7 ימים לפני

    boring cars both. especially the new one

  17. Timo Eisenkopf

    Timo Eisenkopf

    8 ימים לפני

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

  18. LeGend Tv

    LeGend Tv

    8 ימים לפני

    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

  19. luvify


    8 ימים לפני

    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

  20. Manny Ortiz

    Manny Ortiz

    8 ימים לפני

    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


      7 ימים לפני

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

    • Big 1

      Big 1

      7 ימים לפני

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

  21. Reliant Robin

    Reliant Robin

    8 ימים לפני

    Compare to the pre-gpf 7.5r.

  22. 728 Autos

    728 Autos

    8 ימים לפני

    That's what we call an ass whoopin

  23. MrNohab


    8 ימים לפני

    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.

  24. HyperST


    9 ימים לפני

    Put them on a dyno!!

  25. Billz


    10 ימים לפני

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

  26. Nico Tang

    Nico Tang

    10 ימים לפני

    60k€ for the MK8 no thanks...

  27. Issam Nasr

    Issam Nasr

    10 ימים לפני

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

  28. Hottest Tracks

    Hottest Tracks

    10 ימים לפני

    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

  29. Idrees Akoob

    Idrees Akoob

    10 ימים לפני

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



    10 ימים לפני

    The 2021 is better

    • Nico Tang

      Nico Tang

      10 ימים לפני


  31. west_side 🥇

    west_side 🥇

    10 ימים לפני

    7.5 ❤️❤️❤️

  32. NK66


    11 ימים לפני

    Mk 7 looks better tho 👍

  33. theZeek


    11 ימים לפני

    For a Golf R. Not for a Golf

  34. Raif Raif

    Raif Raif

    11 ימים לפני

    These digital instrument panels are sooo shite

  35. Retour a l'ancien Monde

    Retour a l'ancien Monde

    11 ימים לפני

    I like for Golf 7.5 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  36. Rolly101


    11 ימים לפני

    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!

  37. TheOskarito88


    11 ימים לפני

    Look at the front end of the mk8 🤮

  38. Zzafftv


    11 ימים לפני

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

  39. Yusuf Aktepe

    Yusuf Aktepe

    12 ימים לפני

    We love german cars

  40. Krrizz Krozz

    Krrizz Krozz

    12 ימים לפני

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

  41. Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart

    12 ימים לפני

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

  42. warwickstingray


    12 ימים לפני

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

  43. Mickey Rat

    Mickey Rat

    12 ימים לפני

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

  44. Des Ohare

    Des Ohare

    12 ימים לפני

    I wanna see a skyline

  45. Kavir Sanchez

    Kavir Sanchez

    13 ימים לפני

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

  46. Ethan Tucker

    Ethan Tucker

    13 ימים לפני

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

  47. Treize Elements

    Treize Elements

    13 ימים לפני

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

  48. Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    13 ימים לפני

    Muito pouca diferença top demais as duas versões 👏😍👍

  49. Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    13 ימים לפני

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

  50. Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    Sandro Silva top o golf GTi e GTi

    13 ימים לפני

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

  51. Marcio Ikuno

    Marcio Ikuno

    13 ימים לפני

    But the Mk7 looks better.

  52. Dem K.

    Dem K.

    13 ימים לפני

    Model in 1st-5th with code forbidden AE styles (AE 8 parts) in automobile are the worst handle and risk no one surrive.

  53. Dem K.

    Dem K.

    13 ימים לפני

    Code forbidden AE styles (AE 8 parts) in automobile market know as bad automobiles and bad motorcycles thus. Uneducation Automotive Engineering group class brilliant have invent these ones for their feeling without knowledge. 1. Wider rear track than front track bodyworks | The lowest traction 0.7g, extreme tail flick, extreme slide, 1-5 km/l, below 1 km/l by Formula one speed 160-250 km/hour, over 250 km/hour on all circuits. Symptom little with driving speed traffic limit law on all path roads. 2. Front track as same dimension as rear track bodyworks | The medium traction 0.85g, tail flick, slide, 1-5 km/l, below 1 km/l by Formula one speed 160-250 km/hour, over 250 km/hour on all circuits. Symptom little with driving speed trafic limit law on all path roads . 3. Wider front track than rear track bodyworks in below 10 mm | The medium traction 0.85g, tail flick, slide, 1-5 km/l, below 1 km/l by Formula one speed 160-250 km/hour, over 250 km/hour on all circuits. Symptom little with driving speed traffic limit law on all path roads. 4. Wider front track than rear track bodyworks in 10 mms | The medium traction 0.9g, tail flick, slide, 1-5 km/l, below 1 km/l by Formula one speed 160-250 km/hour, over 250 km/hour on all circuits. Symptom little with driving speed traffic limit law on path roads. 5. Wider rear parts than front parts bodyworks | the lowest traction 0.7g, extreme tail flick, extreme slide, below 1 km/l by all speed on all circuits. Symptom little with driving limit law on path roads. 6. 1-4 turbo intercooler petrol engines hybrid all and 1-4 turbo intercooler petrol engines all : Easy damage parts engines, 1-5 km/lite, below 1 km/lite 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. 7. CVT all : Easy damage parts transmission, 1-5 km/lite, below 1 km/lite 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. 8. Without rear fog lamps : no one see rear parts transports in fog by without rear fog lamps. Who ever build brakes over 1 per side are stupid by broke down all electric circuits. This record information come from all brands and all socials who can't pass Europe test performance standard bases all in automobile market. It mean no one pass Europe test performance standard base in automobile market. Code forbidden AE styles group in automobile market are all criminals class brilliant terrorists, mutant class human terrorists, prisoners all class humanoid and their status prisoners level death clans. These ones effect EV, hybrid. From All brands and all socials databases Of course, all socials prefer code forbidden AE styles (AE 8 parts) in automobile market for their crime rob and corruption tribbile millions euros for fun. All social become criminals clans with build code forbidden AE styles in automobile market. Beware about their terrorists rule automobile market with code forbidden AE styles (AE 8 parts). These information can check parts of your products.

  54. Dem K.

    Dem K.

    13 ימים לפני

    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

  55. Jeremy Mercer-Deadman

    Jeremy Mercer-Deadman

    13 ימים לפני

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

  56. LuciTulcea


    13 ימים לפני

    At 5:28 Matt went full texan! 😅

  57. Dan


    13 ימים לפני

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

  58. Lobster


    13 ימים לפני

    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.

  59. Bryce Czirr

    Bryce Czirr

    14 ימים לפני

    7R owners: 😭

  60. Rocco Dantonio

    Rocco Dantonio

    14 ימים לפני

    when u create a channel with italian friend?

  61. Azane April

    Azane April

    14 ימים לפני

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

  62. Low Key

    Low Key

    14 ימים לפני

    You remind me of Bobby flay for some odd reason

  63. Low Key

    Low Key

    14 ימים לפני

    Can't wait to see tuned ones

  64. Jonny kemp

    Jonny kemp

    14 ימים לפני

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

  65. David Macias

    David Macias

    15 ימים לפני

    The older one still looks better

  66. MòHâMmÃď HáŘb

    MòHâMmÃď HáŘb

    15 ימים לפני


  67. Gromo


    15 ימים לפני

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

  68. Ghost_lee Gaming

    Ghost_lee Gaming

    15 ימים לפני

    this blue VW is fast

  69. Sajid Sarshar

    Sajid Sarshar

    15 ימים לפני

    Audi For Life

  70. 奇门道


    15 ימים לפני

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

  71. Craig P

    Craig P

    15 ימים לפני

    Is 8gen golf r still using EA888 engine?

  72. Jamzz 786

    Jamzz 786

    15 ימים לפני

    That has way more than 300 horses

  73. Nicholas Jarrett

    Nicholas Jarrett

    15 ימים לפני

    It better be faster 😂 df

  74. tom barber

    tom barber

    16 ימים לפני

    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.

  75. Adam Field

    Adam Field

    16 ימים לפני

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

  76. taewiao


    16 ימים לפני

    only needs to watch 5:50

  77. M Miles

    M Miles

    16 ימים לפני

    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.

  78. Bull M

    Bull M

    16 ימים לפני

    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

  79. Kaneo Evouqe

    Kaneo Evouqe

    17 ימים לפני

    The blue 1 has more power

  80. Diana Nghipulwa

    Diana Nghipulwa

    17 ימים לפני

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

  81. Cee


    17 ימים לפני

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

  82. Nico Goliath

    Nico Goliath

    17 ימים לפני

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

  83. Bomzhara


    17 ימים לפני

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

  84. kiwiklogg


    17 ימים לפני

    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.

  85. RaKoS1


    17 ימים לפני

    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.

  86. MindControll!!


    18 ימים לפני

    What a diffrence!

  87. Вадим Коршенко

    Вадим Коршенко

    18 ימים לפני

    Golf 8 👍

  88. Σπύρος Μαρπίνης

    Σπύρος Μαρπίνης

    18 ימים לפני

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

  89. A buld

    A buld

    18 ימים לפני

    the other guys just can't drive

  90. scollyutube


    18 ימים לפני

    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.

  91. promodelred


    18 ימים לפני

    That new car is so ugly

  92. Malmö Stad

    Malmö Stad

    19 ימים לפני

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

  93. Frank luxobzor

    Frank luxobzor

    19 ימים לפני

    7 looks better

  94. A A

    A A

    19 ימים לפני

    You just a better driver all the others are s

  95. Alessandro Deiana

    Alessandro Deiana

    19 ימים לפני

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



    19 ימים לפני

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

  97. Anton


    19 ימים לפני

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

  98. manisha rasul

    manisha rasul

    19 ימים לפני


  99. manisha rasul

    manisha rasul

    19 ימים לפני

    Can u do the audi a3 vs rs3