VW cars with highest power to weight ratio

Top 40 VW cars with most powerful engines relative to vehicle weight. Updated January 2021.

Most accurate predictor of acceleration is power to weight ratio. The more power engine can produce and the less mass it has to accelerate, the quicker the acceleration.

For low speed acceleration and acceleration from standstill, traction also plays important role. Aerodynamic drag takes over as dominating factor at high speed.

Everything in between is where power to weight ratio matters the most. Mid-range acceleration is also important for track performance.

# make & model Hp/tonne▼ Image
1. 2017 VW Golf R 210 Photo of 2017 VW Golf R
2. 2015 VW Golf R 202 Photo of 2015 VW Golf R
3. 2009 VW Scirocco R 203 Photo of 2009 VW Scirocco R
4. 2017 VW Golf R Variant 197 Photo of 2017 VW Golf R Variant
5. 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport 186 Photo of 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport
6. 2019 VW T-Roc R 192 Photo of 2019 VW T-Roc R
7. 2010 VW Golf R 185 Photo of 2010 VW Golf R
8. 2017 VW Golf GTI Performance 173 Photo of 2017 VW Golf GTI Performance
9. 2008 VW Passat CC V6 4motion 181 Photo of 2008 VW Passat CC V6 4motion
10. 2020 VW Tiguan R 183 Photo of 2020 VW Tiguan R
11. VW Passat 3.6 SEL 179 Photo of VW Passat 3.6 SEL
12. 2017 VW Golf GTI 170 Photo of 2017 VW Golf GTI
13. 2006 VW Phaeton W12 176 Photo of 2006 VW Phaeton W12
14. 2005 VW Touareg W12 176 Photo of 2005 VW Touareg W12
15. 2013 VW Golf R Cabriolet 173 Photo of 2013 VW Golf R Cabriolet
16. 2008 VW Passat R36 173 Photo of 2008 VW Passat R36
17. 2020 VW Arteon R 172 Photo of 2020 VW Arteon R
18. 2008 VW Passat R36 Variant 172 Photo of 2008 VW Passat R36 Variant
19. 2011 VW Passat B7 3.6 4motion 172 Photo of 2011 VW Passat B7 3.6 4motion
20. 2007 VW Golf GTI Edition 30 170 Photo of 2007 VW Golf GTI Edition 30
21. 2013 VW Golf GTI 162 Photo of 2013 VW Golf GTI
22. 2011 VW Golf GTI Edition 35 168 Photo of 2011 VW Golf GTI Edition 35
23. 2010 VW Touareg Hybrid 167 Photo of 2010 VW Touareg Hybrid
24. 2013 VW Polo R WRC 167 Photo of 2013 VW Polo R WRC
25. 2002 VW Golf R32 163 Photo of 2002 VW Golf R32
26. 2005 VW Golf R32 163 Photo of 2005 VW Golf R32
27. 1989 VW Golf G60 Limited 163 Photo of 1989 VW Golf G60 Limited
28. 2013 VW Golf GTI 161 Photo of 2013 VW Golf GTI
29. 2009 VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI 160 Photo of 2009 VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI
30. 2009 VW Golf GTI 158 Photo of 2009 VW Golf GTI
31. 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8 153 Photo of 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8
32. 2001 VW Passat W8 157 Photo of 2001 VW Passat W8
33. 1991 VW Corrado VR6 155 Photo of 1991 VW Corrado VR6
34. 2017 VW Polo GTI 152 Photo of 2017 VW Polo GTI
35. 2009 VW Eos 3.6 V6 FSI 153 Photo of 2009 VW Eos 3.6 V6 FSI
36. 2008 VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI 152 Photo of 2008 VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI
37. 2004 VW Golf GTI 151 Photo of 2004 VW Golf GTI
38. 2015 VW Jetta 2.0 TSi 151 Photo of 2015 VW Jetta 2.0 TSi
39. 2010 VW Touareg V8 TDI 151 Photo of 2010 VW Touareg V8 TDI
40. 2020 VW Arteon 152 Photo of 2020 VW Arteon

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 01/02/2021, last addition - VW Tiguan R.