There’s something special about a Volkswagen Golf R – a fairly innocuous-looking hatchback that can outperform many dedicated sports cars thanks to a 0-100km/h time under five seconds, impressive handling and all-wheel drive (AWD). 

So, what about a Golf R Special Edition, then? Is it extra special? How much more does it cost and what else do you get? 

We found out when we drove the Golf R Special Edition at a rain-soaked race circuit.