The GTI's (Golf and Polo) apparently feel quicker due to their FWD nature and lighter weight making them more "chuckable".
Originally Posted by Tarmac
The AWD and heavier weight makes the R feel more tame even though you are going harder since you are more in control.
Light weight wheels does make a difference but it's only 12kg or so all up.
Every bit helps though
Everyone's got a different formula for sprung vs unsprung weight, but even the conservatives reckon a kilo shed from unsprung weight is worth 4 sprung.
Originally Posted by team_v
Agreed. Light weight wheels and brakes. Especially brakes as the OEM ones are SOOO heavy. Wil make a difference in performance.