May 24, 2002
Volkswagen unveils most powerful Golf ever
Madrid, Spain – The most powerful Golf ever built was unveiled today at the international automobile fair in Madrid, Spain (May 24 to June 2). The Golf R32 features a 241 horsepower 3.2 litre V6 engine, the same engine used in the new VW Phaeton luxury sedan. The engine has continuously variable inlet valve timing, cylinder-selective knock control and a variable geometry intake manifold and develops 241 horsepower at 6250 rpm and 320 newton metres of torque at just 2800 rpm. The Golf R32 has a top speed of 245 km/h (140 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.4 seconds.
The R32, which is only available as a two-door model, features VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and a 6-speed manual gearbox. The car is lowered by 30 millimetres compared to the standard Golf and offers 18-inch wheels with 225/40ZR-18 tires and ventilated disc brakes with striking blue brake callipers.
Inside the car is black leather upholstery, front sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and brushed aluminium features – pedals, cockpit, and gear lever. Standard equipment in the Golf R32 includes automatic air conditioning “Gamma” stereo with eight loudspeakers, a multi-function display and xenon headlights.
The Golf R32 is expected to be launched in Europe in late summer, 2002. Its arrival date in North America has not been announced.