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2004 Volkswagen R32 — 1 Review

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Maybe fitting that we’re it out here in the desiccating desert, Volkswagen’s long-lived current continues to defy retirement While Toyota’s introduced a new division of fresh-faced wheels to appeal to not-even-twentysomethings, the original hot still awaits its next redo here. Europe has the new Golf — but here in the States wait another year to see the scion of the VW empire.

Before you’ll see the better-off rocketeers around corners in the R32, the powerful Golf to be sold yet and the advanced delivery system for a new VR6 It’s a very special of the Golf, and though that like one of the worse installments of . in the Golf’s case it’s better than supersized Because with 240 hp, all-wheel and a six-speed manual gearbox, is a Golf you’d play Tiger Woods and his Buicks any

A little background will you figure out why VW would bother to over a car like the R32 when a new GTI is on the way of 2005 is the latest word). to VW’s American reps, the R32 come to the U.S. through the channels. It came through a of journalists visiting Europe to the Touareg. Given the chance to the R32, they asked VW Bernd Pischetsrieder why the U.S. scheduled on the R32’s tour of

The next thing VW of America the R32 was headed to the States. Thank the and BP himself, VW fans.

The R32 isn’t alongside other Golfs for the U.S. would mean — it’s put together in Bratislava, alongside the Touareg and the Porsche It’s the first VW of its size to 4Motion all-wheel drive, VW hopes, a reasonable competitor to the of the 271-hp Mitsu Evo and 300-hp WRX STi.

But where the Evo and WRX rely on turbo to scorch the face of the planet, the uses a narrow-angle VR6 engine to the R32 into glory. You remember the right? VW introduced it in 1992 in the SLC with 175 hp.

Along the way it gained two valves per cylinder and graced VWs the Jetta GLI and GTI VR6 in 200-hp form.

Volkswagen R32

What’s underhood in the R32 is the VR6. Bumped up to 3.2 liters, the addition of variable intake and it churns out 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. And in the R32 fitted only to a six-speed — no automatics, thank you. the duo positions the R32 for strafing runs to 60 mph in 6.4

The R32’s top speed is limited to 130

What makes the R32 sizzle in merges and track hairpins is the power delivery. The VR6 sports a torque curve down low — 2800 to 3400 rpm — and the six-speed perfect use of every pound-foot. yet the new VR6 has a specially tuned exhaust resonates with the fine of a Led Zeppelin CD — it’s all rock and coming out of the back end.


The VR6’s charms are to 4Motion, VW’s all-wheel-drive Well, that’s the brand — underneath it’s a Haldex (think Volvo) that the R32 run with 100 percent of the power on the wheels until slip When it does, the Haldex can send up to 50 percent to the rear

It’s grafted to the time-tested suspension, a MacPherson strut in the front, trailing arms in the though here the suspension is by one inch versus the GTI.

Talk about princely on Phoenix’s Firebird Raceway, the R32 unflappable, it was playful. Charge a corner under power, lift the throttle just a and the rear end rotates just a as it drops power. Then the gas again and the Haldex coupling again, giving you back supremacy that the Goodyear tires are more than of handling. Those 225/40 tires encircle stylish

Aristo 15-spoke wheels and front and rear brakes VW fits on the GTI.

Capable as it is, the R32 has its And for those occasions, the interior is with about as many devices as they could fit the smallish five-passenger interior: airbags (dual fronts, curtains front and back and thorax airbags) are standard, as are brakes, electronic brake and Electronic Stability Program, you’ll want to turn off for any driving — and back on when you the keys to inexperienced drivers.

Spotting the R32 is a simple affair. the front and rear spoilers been reshaped; the front’s a affair with three inlets and R32 badging flanking the headlamp, while the rear end is by dual exhausts. Side smoked taillamps and a hatch-topping add to the R32’s signature styling.

Volkswagen R32


Inside, deeply and supportive heated seats trimmed in cloth and vinyl or (leather trim, at $950, is the only R32 option). Metal abounds on the center stack, panels and on the chunky steering Also stock on the R32 are automatic control, a Monsoon CD sound rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, and a power sunroof.

The total for this grand stuffed into the cozy of the Golf and fused with drive, comes to $29,675. the limited-edition Evo and WRX, the most Golf doesn’t come Volkswagen plans to import R32s, all 2004 models.

2004 Volkswagen R32

Base $29,675

Engine: 3.2-liter 240 hp/236 lb-ft

Transmission: manual, all-wheel drive

x width x height: 164.4 x x 56.1 in

Wheelbase: 99.1 in

weight: 3409 lb

EPA fuel (city/hwy): 19/26 mpg

Major equipment: Automatic climate power windows/locks/mirrors, Monsoon system with CD, power 18-inch O.Z. Aristo

Warranty: Four years/50,000


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