Golfs ready to be driven by the participants.

VOLKSWAGEN Passenger Cars Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Volkswagen cars in Malaysia recently organised its Volkswagen Track Day 2018.

It was a two day event which was attended by members of the media, potential buyers, customers and car clubs members. The first night was mainly for the members of the media, and some potential buyers, while the second night was for the customers and car clubs members. Malaysian racing driver, Jazeman Jaafar was also there to pilot the performance oriented Golf R.

It was our first experience driving on the Sepang International Circuit at night, after the floodlights were installed.

Volkswagen prepared three driving sessions to test the cars on the track. The company brought a total of 20 cars. The models were the Golf, Jetta, Passat, Polo, Tiguan, and Vento.

After some light refreshment and a short briefing, we were off for the first night track experience with Volkswagen. For the first session, we were given the Golf 1.4 R-Line and the Golf GTI.


Experiencing the Golf GTI and 1.4 TSI R-Line on track.

Powering the Golf 1.4 TSI R-Line is a 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged engine that is mated to a seven-speed dry clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG). It produces 148 hp and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm.

Volkswagen claims that the R-Line can dash to 100 kph from standstill in 8.2 seconds and has a stop speed of 216 kph.

Equipment list includes 17-inch alloy wheels, R-Line specific front and rear bumpers, spoiler, trapezoidal chrome exhaust trims and emblems on the radiator grille and side panels, Full LED adaptive automatic headlamps with daytime running lights, LED taillights, leather upholstery, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 8-inch infotainment system, dual-zone climatronic system, front and rear fog lamps, automatic wipers and eight-speaker sound system.

Some might think that driving a 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged engine around a big track like Sepang might be unexciting, but this was’nt the case. The grip and performance of the R-Line had a lot to offer as we sped around the damp track.

The R-Line handles corners admirably. There were a couple of incident where the rear of the hatchback wiggled a little, which was easily corrected by applying the throttle. The R-Line can easily exceed 180 kph on the straight before it reaches the first corner.

After a lively three laps, we hopped into the Golf GTI (some went in to the Golf R) and drove three laps around the short track. Without a doubt, the two variants are totally different in terms handling, performance and feel around the track.


Participants get to try all sorts of Volkswagen models.

The Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine paired with a six-speed wet clutch DSG. This produces 228 hp and 350 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,600 rpm. It can complete the century sprint in 6.4 seconds and has a top speed of 248 kph.

It is equipped with most of the equipment available on the R-Line, except that the former has more functions. The LED taillights has dynamic indicators, its running on a 18-inch alloy wheels, instead of 17-inch and it has GTI sports steering with paddle shifters, stainless steel pedals, dual-round exhaust tips and most importantly the adaptive chassis control.

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The adaptive chassis control helps to enhance the driving experience by automatically responding to the road conditions, taking into account the braking, steering and accelerating operations. It then modifies each individual suspension for the best setting for each wheel.

True enough this helped to stabilise the GTI during corners, while the track was slightly wet. It didn’t struggle for grip, and it quickly dashed off to its top speed each time it exits the corners, without any turbo lag.

After the solo driving session, we were then treated to a taxi ride in a Golf R, driven by the talented Jazeman. It was an electrifying experience being able to witness the driving skills of a professional race driver. His braking and entry on the corners were flawless and smooth.

We were then provided with a full range of Volkswagen models. Due to time constraints, we decided to test the Volkswagen Passat and the Tiguan, as it is was almost midnight.

The Passat was pretty impressive on track, it was able to take corners steadily, without losing grip during the exit of the corners. On the straights, it speeds up to top speed with ease. It is an executive sedan that performs like a sports car.

As for the Tiguan, the ride was fascinating, as it felt like a taller R-Line. Despite the Tiguan being over 200mm taller than the Golf R-Line, it performs like a hatchback during corners, with full grip and minimum body roll.

Its straight road speed wasn’t too bad for a 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged engine, as it was able to exceed 180 kph before entering the corners. Of course, it doesn’t sprint as fast as the Golf GTI or Golf R, but it will surely keep up with any vehicle running on a 1.6-litre or even a 1.8-litre natural aspirated engine.


A Passat in action.

The Volkswagen Track Day 2018 was certainly an eye-opener as well as a rare experience for many of us. We were able to test drive all of its available models on the track. Well done to Volkswagen and the team, looking forward to the next track Day.

The adaptive chassis control helps to enhance the driving experience by automatically responding to the road conditions, taking into account the braking, steering and accelerating operations. It then modifies each individual suspension for the best setting for each wheel.

True enough this helped to stabilise the GTI during corners, while the track was slightly wet. It didn’t struggle for grip, and it quickly dashed off to its top speed each time it exits the corners, without any turbo lag.

After the solo driving session, we were then treated to a taxi ride in a Golf R, driven by the talented Jazeman. It was an electrifying experience being able to witness the driving skills of a professional race driver. His braking and entry on the corners were flawless and smooth.

We were then provided with a full range of Volkswagen models. Due to time constraints, we decided to test the Volkswagen Passat and the Tiguan, as it is was almost midnight.

The Passat was pretty impressive on track, it was able to take corners steadily, without losing grip during the exit of the corners. On the straights, it speeds up to top speed with ease. It is an executive sedan that performs like a sports car.

As for the Tiguan, the ride was fascinating, as it felt like a taller R-Line. Despite the Tiguan being over 200mm taller than the Golf R-Line, it performs like a hatchback during corners, with full grip and minimum body roll.

Its straight road speed wasn’t too bad for a 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged engine, as it was able to exceed 180 kph before entering the corners. Of course, it doesn’t sprint as fast as the Golf GTI or Golf R, but it will surely keep up with any vehicle running on a 1.6-litre or even a 1.8-litre natural aspirated engine.

The Volkswagen Track Day 2018 was certainly an eye-opener as well as a rare experience for many of us. We were able to test drive all of its available models on the track. Well done to Volkswagen and the team, looking forward to the next track Day.

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