If you’re looking for proof that speed doesn’t automatically mean fun, look to the Volkswagen Golf R DSG.
It is a masterclass is precision engineering. It has a great chassis, which will carry outrageous speeds around corners, and it will do so without giving the merest hint that it is anywhere near its limit.
I drove the Golf R down some of my favourite B-roads today and could barely believe how much faster I was travelling than I would normally. And yet there was no real sensation to the experience.
I was left totally underwhelmed. I got to where I was going earlier than expected, but when I got there I couldn’t help but feel that I would rather have arrived late and entertained.
Instead I was merely impressed by how utterly composed the Golf R was no matter what you did to it, and totally perplexed as to how you engineer the fun out of a car with this much performance and handling ability.