How to explain that the new Volkswagen Golf R so dominates its premium rivals and can even worry a Mercedes-AMG A45 S of 421 horsepower?

In theory, the new Volkswagen Golf R is a direct rival to the Audi S3, Mercedes-AMG A35 and BMW M135i. With its turbo four-cylinder 320 horsepower and all-wheel drive, it is indeed very close to these premium competitors developing between 306 and 310 horsepower.

But in addition to its very particular transmission, with a Drift mode, it seems much more efficient than advertised. Check out the two videos below. In the first, she ridicules an Audi A3, a Mercedes-AMG A35 and a BMW M135i in a standing-start straight-line match.

As fast as the A45 S!

In the second, it manages to follow very closely a Mercedes-AMG A45 S on the same exercise! How to explain that the Golf can work almost as hard as the Mercedes equipped with a more powerful engine of 101 horses? Is it more powerful than advertised? Mystery…