Canadian Ice Skating: Pushing a Volkswagen Golf R on a Frozen Lake [Video]

We head to the wilds outside Montreal, Canada to test Volkswagen’s 4Motion AWD system in the snow

If you live in an area ensnared in snow and ice, you know how treacherous the roads can become. Unless you just happen to be hooning around on a frozen lake, you want to know your car can handle winter conditions when they happen. To that end, TFL’s Roman Mica heads to Montreal, Canada to test out Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. VW offers all-wheel drive across its wide range of models, including family wagons like the Alltrack, crossovers like the Tiguan and Atlas, up to high-performance models like the Golf R.

How will these systems perform in icy conditions? Watch the video above to find out! The Alltrack, Tiguan, Atlas and Golf R used in these tests are riding on winter tires, which also help in terms of grip. However, in addition to having the standard stability and traction control, Volkswagen’s 4MOTION system can shift the power around. Depending on conditions, the cars can move power from one axle to the other. In normal conditions, the system routes most of the power – up to 90% – to the front wheels. When the road gets slippery, it can shift the power around where it’s needed at a moment’s notice.

Check out the video above to see just how all three cars perform! As it turns out, VW’s system is a hoot when you can turn the stability and traction control off, like when you’re drifting around a frozen lake. Perhaps a few people have a little tomuch fun sliding the Volkswagen Golf R around on the snow!

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