Road Tests Real world tests of Golf R vs C63 AMG

0-60mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of Volkswagen Golf R

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Golf R Golf

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Lighter curb weight 3,102 lb vs 3,814 lb Around 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Car-autoblog view of Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

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Much faster to 60mph 3.7 s vs 9.56 s 2.6x faster to 60mph
Much faster in the quarter mile 12.1 s vs 17.1 s Around 30% faster at the drag strip
Much more powerful engine 480 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM More than 2.8x stronger engine
Much more torque 442 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM vs 177 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM Around 2.5x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much more expensive sticker price $87k vs $20k More than 4.2x more expensive harder to own
Much better power-to-weight ratio 7.95 lb/hp vs 18.25 lb/hp 2.3x better power-to-weight ratio
Much bigger engine 6,208 cc vs 2,480 cc More than 2.5x bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Golf R  vs
C63 AMG 
Brand Volkswagen Mercedes-Benz
Price 19,995 87,462
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2014 2012
City mileage 23 MPG 14 MPG
Highway mileage 30 MPG 20 MPG

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc Disc
Front wheels 195/65 15 483/? 203

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,102 lb 3,814 lb
Height 58.2 in 56.6 in
Length 165.4 in 186 in
Front track width 60.7 in 61.7 in
Wheelbase 101.5 in 108.9 in

road tests

Golf R  vs
C63 AMG 
1/4 mile 17.1 s 12.1 s
0-60mph 9.56 s 3.7 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 18.25 lb/hp 7.95 lb/hp
Maximum hp 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM 480 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Maximum torque 177 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 442 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,480 cc 6,208 cc
Cylinders I5 V8
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9.5:1 11.3:1
Bore/stroke 3.25 in / 3.65 in 4.02 in / 3.72 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
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