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2015 Volkswagen Golf R Turns Off Stability Control on Ignition

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/10/2015 Erick Ayapana

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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is featured in the newest episode of Ignition, where host Carlos Lago points out the hatch's long list of attributes including its powerful turbo-four, refined interior, and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to completely turn off stability control.

The inability to disengage stability control was a big-time killjoy in the last-gen Golf R. The system intervened early and frequently, zapping most of the fun when driving the hatch at its limit. It was a big reason why it lost to a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo in a Head 2 Head episode.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Turns Off Stability Control on Ignition

That changes with the new 2015 Volkswagen Golf R. Lago begins the episode by turning off stability control, allowing him to explore the Golf R's full performance potential. He also points out the inevitable comparisons between the R and the GTI. For starters, the all-wheel-drive Golf R makes more power from its 2.0-liter turbo-four, rated at 292 hp, which is 70 more horses than the GTI.

The Golf R featured in this episode is fitted with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, though a manual gearbox will eventually be offered as well. That said, the DSG-equipped Golf R ran to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and completed the figure-eight course in 24.9 seconds. After a jaunt through twisty mountain roads, Lago debates if the Golf R is worth its price. See if you agree after watching the video above.

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