What is it?
In a month when we’ve driven the fastest production car in existence - the 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron - it might feel more difficult than usual to get excited about 'just' 306bhp. But here’s why you should be excited.
At the other end of the Volkswagen Group’s portfolio to the Chiron, 306bhp is the uprated power output of the facelifted Volkswagen Golf R. VW’s mega hatch has had a few tweaks to tip its power output over the 300bhp mark and boost its torque by 15lb ft to 280lb ft, all of which helps make this the fastest Golf ever made. Faster than the previous R and the Nurburgring-slaying front-drive limited-edition Clubsport S, as well as the new Seat Leon Cupra 300.
The Golf R is an all-rounder with which few come close to matching in all disciplines. Exhilarating pace and genuine practicality ensure it’s a regular pick for the 'dream' everyday family car. But while Chiron ownership remains firmly in the realms of fantasy (unless you happen to be reading this on a diamond-encrusted tablet in your Dubai penthouse), the Golf R costs just more than £30,000.
That sounds like a lot for a Golf, true, but for what you're getting it’s a bargain. Especially when you consider that for the price of one Chiron you could line your estate with 78 Rs.