The mk5 Golf R32
Another older car for this week’s blog.
The Golf R32 was the top Golf. It was next up the scale from the Golf GTi, the model that given all the reputation to the Golf.
This mk5 model was produced from 2004 to 2009. The R32 in this generation is powered by an uprated 3.2L VR6 from the mk4 R32 and produces 184kW of power and 320Nm of torque.
VW chose to continue using this bigger engine as oppose to boosting the GTi turbo engine further. In the later models – mk6 and mk7, these R models are the higher boosted version of the engine from the GTi. While having a bigger, heavier engine at the front can ruin handling, there has been a bit done to make up for this.
Of the time, this was one of the only mass-produced hatches that carried a 6-cylinder engine. Others being the BMW 1 series and Corolla Blade Master.
A quick fun fact: A VR6 engine is not quite a V6, but more like an inline 6 in a W format. VW have done this configuration for some of their other engines such as their 5-cylinder, 6-cylinder, 8-cylinder, 12-cylinder, and 16-cylinder engines.
The sound that these VR6 engines make is unique and in this Golf, it is even more fabulous. It is loud and very raspy and addicting and hard to keep your foot of the accelerator.
There was a choice between two transmissions – a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed dual clutch with paddle shifters. With the dual clutch transmission, the car can get from 0-100kmh in a claimed 6.2 seconds.
It features an all-wheel drive system which helps with the strong launch and gives it more grip in nasty conditions. You can also go drifting in the snow.
In many ways, this looks like a standard Golf. There are a few key features however that make it stand out from the other lower models and even the GTi. This includes things like having larger wheels, slightly different grill, and even lower ride.
There are twin centre exhausts at the rear which looks awesome but can lead to less practicality as you cannot fit a tow bar. But really, who would want one on this type of car anyway? At the end of the day, it is a hatch back and they are inherently a practical car.
One of the main colours that was bought is the blue. Get some black wheels and tints, and it has a very sexy presence.
The inside includes big bucket seats and sports pedals. As seen below, you can option to have a big navigation screen and premium audio system.
In some markets, there was a 3-door option – just like in the first picture. This was slightly quicker too because of the less weight it carries.
Overall, this is a great car that is one of those cars that is getting harder to find with low kms and in excellent condition. They are holding their value well because of the unique engine and its popularity.
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