Nicol Louw

CAR’s technical editor was once the senior vehicle integration engineer on Optimal Energy’s Joule electric car and had stints with Ford (UK), Integral Powertrain (UK) and CAE. He completed his MSc in mechanical engineering in 2004, obtained UK Chartered Engineering status in 2009 and is a judge of the International Engine of the Year competition.

Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. Golf R: which would you choose?

CAPE TOWN – Which would you prefer? A Volkswagen Golf GTI or a Golf R? I suspect most people would instantly reply “R”. Well, I had the opportunity to drive both during the recent launch of the updated Golf R, which on the day sported some optional extras in the form of a R39 900 Akrapovič exhaust and R9 900 worth of front brakes.