“It managed a 7:49.21sec around the Green Hell – 1.5sec faster than Honda’s Civic Type R”
“For a turbo engine with a flat plane crank it's very good, barking and snorting away as it rampages its way to that 8,000rpm cut-out.”
"The thing just head-butts the horizon..."
"But you know what? It’s the best built Alfa I’ve ever sat in"
New 306bhp Clubsport S is most powerful Golf ever, and the Nürburgring FWD record holder.
"And in real life, away from the spec sheet? It tears along rapaciously, with a real, raw timbre to its exhaust note"
It also drives remarkably well. It barely flexes, and with the torque-vectoring by braking system, it’s safe and controlled. Not fun as such, but certainly nothing you’d notice.
“…the performance is brutal… delivering the kind of acceleration you can feel in your face”
“Spoiler alert! This unsexy people carrier isn’t as much fun as a low-slung, carbon-bodied, scissor-doored i8”