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New Volkswagen Golf R32
Text & Photos courtesy of Volkswagen Group AG
edited 09-23-2005

New edition of most powerful Golf ever

4MOTION plus V6: Perfection for the fast lane in automobile life
DSG plus V6: Fast shifts and even faster acceleration

Central Aspects

By introducing the first Golf R32 based on the fourth generation of the best-seller, Volkswagen successfully met the demand for an exclusively equipped and high-power flagship Golf. The 177 kW / 241 hp sports car with its individual looks and standard four-wheel drive represented a venture into a new segment of high-power compact and midrange vehicles — a previously underdeveloped area. It did so impressively as the Golf R32 was an immediate market success.


First-generation Golf R32 sparked off rush for powerful compacts in 2002

After the introduction of the first Golf R32 in August 2002, the size of this small niche suddenly exploded. Between 2001 and 2003, the volume of this sub-segment tripled in western Europe from 6,248 to 20,369 units per year – one in four top compacts was a Golf R32 in 2003. Even though the fifth generation of the Golf was launched in 2003, we continued to deliver the Golf R32 based on the fourth generation throughout 2004. Production of the Golf R32 did not stop until the end of that year after a total of 14,000 cars had been sold across the globe. The launch of the new R32 will end this period without a six-cylinder Golf.


Perfect synthesis of six cylinders, four-wheel drive and classless Golf superiority

One look at the current Golf range shows how Volkswagen is constantly expanding the spectrum of the Golf series – in a sporty direction in particular. Since the introduction of the current generation, the Sportline version (up to 110 kW / 150 hp) forms the sports entry-level. The next level of dynamic driving is provided by the Golf GT, which is available with two 125 kW / 170 hp engines (Twincharger and TDI) and was presented at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The legendary best-seller, the 147 kW / 200 hp Golf GTI, is positioned above that. While the front-wheel drive Golf GT and GTI have turbo-charged four-cylinder engines, the exclusively equipped Golf R32 features a six-cylinder engine and four-wheel drive. The agile 2.0-litre turbo engine in the GTI and high-performance 3.2-litre V6 in the R32 play a major role in the positioning. While the attraction of the Golf GTI is its character as a purist icon of sportiness offering straightforward driving fun, the special appeal of the now 184 kW / 250 hp Golf R32 lies in the superior technical combination of six cylinders, four-wheel drive and a classless appearance that only a Golf can offer in this segment.


3.2-litre displacement, 320 Newton metres and a powerful kick at low-rev ranges

The heart of the new flagship Golf is a four-valve six-cylinder. Its sonorous sound is true to its excellent power development. The engine pushes the Golf forwards from any rev range as if there was no air resistance. Power to weight ratio: 6 kg/hp. Together all cylinders deliver 184 kW / 250 hp (at 6,300 rpm). The 3,189 cm3 V6 produces its maximum torque of 320 Newton metres between 2,500 to 3,000 rpm. The performance of the new Golf R32 is therefore incredible. The five-seater with a top speed of 250 km/h catapults its passengers from nought to 100 km/in just 6.5 seconds. As standard, the engine output is transferred to all four wheels via a manual six-speed gearbox and 4MOTION. Volkswagen offers the new Golf R32 with the DSG direct-shift dual-clutch gearbox as an option. This unique automatic shifts extremely fast and precisely. The DSG version of the Golf R32 can accelerate to 100 km/h three tenths of a second faster, i.e. in 6.2 seconds. The Golf R32 races to the 1,000 metre line in 26.7 seconds with both gearboxes – these figures make this Volkswagen a top-class sports car that will be hard to beat.

In terms of design, the four-valve six-cylinder engine has a narrow V-angle of 15 degrees between the cylinder banks. The bore is 84.0 mm and the stroke 95.9 millimetres. Each of the four overhead camshafts – two per cylinder bank – use continuous timing adjustment. The adjustment angle is 52 degrees on the inlet side and 22 degrees on the outlet side. Roller rocker arms with hydraulic play compensation operate the valves. Each of the six cylinders is assigned its own ignition coil.

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241 hp is the same as the old R32... rumor is that the US-spec R32 will get the US-spec Passat's 3.6L 280-hp VR6.

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