Volkswagen R32
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Volkswagen
Model: R32
Volkswagen R32

In 2002, Volkswagen manufactured the Golf R32 in Europe as a 2003 model. Due to an amazingly unexpected popularity, Volkswagen decided to launch the car in the United States as the 2004 Volkswagen R32. The R32 received the higher output Audi TT motor that produced 250 bhp, AWD, a new 6-speed manual transmission, independent rear suspension, automatic climate control, sport seats from Koenig, 18" OZ Aristo wheels, Electronic Stability Program, massive brakes, a sunroof and model specific bodywork. Further, the vehicle was only available in four colors with those being Black Magic Pearl, Deep Blue Pearl, Reflex Silver, and Tornado Red. This was a hot car with a lot of great features. The R32 did share a similar styling with the 25th Anniversary GTI, but the R32 shared the vast majority of its major parts with the 3.2 L Audi TT. Most notably it shared the engine, the all wheel drive system and both the front and rear suspension. Very impressively, four thousand cars were manufactured with the intent of selling them over a two-year period, but the entire line was sold out within 13 months. The Golf R32 faced competition from the Subaru Impreza WRX STi and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII. On the other hand, unlike these other cars, the R32 was not sponsored by Volkswagen in the rally competition world. As opposed to testing the car by participating in WRC Rally Racing, VW placed more attention on the stability and drivability in everyday conditions. Thus they created a car that cannot be compared to the Subaru Impreza WRX STi or the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII. This model is really road compatible for the everyday driver, but combines the excitement and performance that normally comes with rally cars. Leave it to VW to simply pave their own way right through the market.

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