This time around, the latest hot hatch from the Volkswagen Group is getting challenged by an unlikely competitor, also under the same company. We're talking about the Audi SQ7 – a luxury SUV that's bigger and much more powerful than the compact hatchback. Between the two, the only thing that's common is that both cars run on all fours and that they both came in blue attire for the drag race video.
Gallery: 2020 Audi SQ7: First Drive
Can the Golf R stand its ground? Before you watch the video, let's run down the numbers to see how massive the gap is between the two.
The Golf R, of course, is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 320 horsepower (239 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a 7-speed DSG to the VW-speak for dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Audi SQ7, on the other hand, has double the engine displacement – a 4.0-liter V8 mill resides in the hood that spews out 507 hp (378 kW) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque, connected to a standard 8-speed torque converter gearbox.
The Audi SQ7 is obviously more powerful but we'd be remiss not to say that the VW is lighter than the SQ7 by a substantial margin. Of note, the Golf R tips the scales at 3,417 pounds (1,550 kilograms), while the Audi weighs around 50 percent more at 4,920 lbs (2,250 kg).
Can the Audi's weight disadvantage nullify its power headstart against the Golf R? The video atop this page should show you the results, along with a rolling start drag race and brake test.