Taking it to Vmax: How Fast Can You Really Take a Golf SportWagen on the Autobahn? [Video]

For automotive enthusiasts the world over, Germany’s Autobahn represents one of few opportunities to legally drive your car as fast as it can go.

Here in the U.S., we don’t really have the opportunity to drive our cars as fast as they can go. Not legally, anyway. Depending on where you live, you can drive at a fairly good pace. Texas, for instance, has speed limits ranging up to 85 mph. Still, that’s not enough to really get the adrenaline pumping and test your skills as a driver. For that, you need to go to the unrestricted Autobahn in Germany. And, of course, you need a car – in this case, a Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

Mind you, not all sections of the Autobahn are unrestricted. In some areas, the German government sets the limit at a blanket 130 km/h (81 mph), depending on accident experience. However, if you do get to section where there are no limits, you truly get to test the limits of a car, and your ability as a driver. That’s exactly what we’re doing today. In this TFLcar video, we take a brand new, 1.5-liter Golf SportWagen as fast as it can go. With 147 horsepower, this turbocharged wagon isn’t likely to set any speed records. However, it is a German car, so it should feel right at home on the derestricted Autobahn.

2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen: How fast can it go on the Autobahn?
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. [Photo: VW]
But just how fast can Roman manage in a European-spec Golf SportWagen with a tiny, turbocharged engine? Check out the video above to find out! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more news, views, and real-world, Autobahn top speed reviews. If you enjoy our content, please consider donating to TFL through our Patreon page.