R32: The Fastest Production VW Golf To Date

VW R32 Golf


Volkswagen has confirmed a price of £22,340 for the R32, the most powerful production Golf yet sold. The six-cylinder high performance hatchback is available to order now, with first deliveries set for the end of October.

The R32 is the most overtly sporting Golf ever produced, with a 3.2-litre V6 engine and a highly distinctive appearance. Its narrow-angle 24-valve powerplant produces 240 bhp at 6,250 rpm for a 0-62 mph time of just 6.6 seconds, and a top speed of 153 mph.

With 4MOTION intelligent four-wheel drive system, lowered suspension (by 10 mm compared with a standard Golf V6), more responsive steering and throttle responses, plus ESP, the R32 is more than capable of safely transferring its power to the road. A specially designed exhaust system with twin chrome tailpipes emphasises this Golf’s capabilities. From idle to the red line, the R32 produces a distinctive engine note which matches its high performance character.

In terms of appearance, there is no mistaking the R32. Visual cues include new front and rear bumpers, side sills, blue brake callipers and imposing 18-inch ‘Aristo’ alloy wheels, while silver ‘R32’ badges take pride of place on the grille and tailgate. Inside, aluminium trim, sports seats with integrated backrests and extensive use of the ‘R’ (or ‘Racing’) logo add further visual distinction. The R32 will be available in three colours – Reflex Silver metallic, plus Diamond Black and Deep Blue pearl metallic.

Technical Specification – Golf R32

  • Cubic capacity – litres/cc 3.2 / 3189
  • Output – bhp/rpm 240 / 6250
  • Max torque – lbs ft/rpm 236 / 2800 - 3200
  • Gearbox 6 spd manual
  • Top speed – mph 153
  • 0-62 mph – secs 6.6
  • Economy – mpg urban 17.2
  • extra urban 32.8
  • combined 24.6
  • CO2 – g/km 276
  • On the road price – £ 22,340

Published 27 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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