Given the relative modesty of the changes made to the chassis, surprisingly little of the 245’s extra performance must be used for a difference to be felt.
Undeniably, in our test car’s case, this has much to do with the fitment of the optional adaptive dampers – an £850 tick not indulged on the regular vRS wagon we group tested recently.
Their inclusion, alongside the range-topper’s lower-profile tyres, has a transformative effect.
Even in Comfort mode – one of four familiar drive settings – the car feels not only lower to the ground but also in possession of a much more rigorous attitude to body control, seeming squat and purposeful where the standard chassis gambolled innocuously.
Even better, despite feeling as though it has shed 20 percent of its spring travel, the ride comfort is significantly enhanced, the 245 evincing much the same sophisticated, firmly pliant and quiet response that makes the Golf R such a real-world wunderkind.
Much like that car, in fact, the suspension’s softest mode is so convincing that it makes the Normal setting seem a little busy for UK roads – a familiar consequence of the dampers suddenly being asked to take their rebound duties more seriously.
Not unpredictably, this halfway house quickly becomes redundant, and you spend 95 percent of your time in Comfort, perfectly content to savour the 245’s capacity for fast, obliging progress.