I’m new to this forum. I do not yet own an R but am shopping now. Here is the where it is now. My plan was to get a GTI. After adding up the build, it became obvious the R was a reasonable bump from it. You know VW probably sold quite a few R’s that way. My question is about the driving experience. As I am sure you know, you cannot test drive the R (which I did not know), so I am asking if any of you have driven the GTI before you drove or took possession of your R? If so, how do they compare? When one climbs into an R after driving a GTI, is the resulting emotion a happy wow this thing is fun or a terrifying scream of this thing is scary? I was kind of hoping the R would be just more of what the GTI is, rather than a whole beast more than I can relate to. I just don’t want to be caught off guard. I presently drive a John Cooper Works Mini with around 220 horsepower, so that is sort of my personal benchmark for a performance hatch.