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                                                                         2006 Volkswagen Golf R32
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New 2006 Volkswagen Golf R32

The Golf R32 powered by a 177 kW (241 bhp) engine was first launched in August 2002. Not only was it one of the hottest cars on the road, it also sold like hot cakes: three times as many R32's were sold than originally planned. These are excellent prospects for its successor. Now comes a new R32 based on the Golf V generation. This time it packs 184 kW (250 bhp) under the bonnet; the permanent 4MOTION four-wheel drive again promises excellent roadholding. The new model will see its world premiere at the 59th Frankfurt Motor Show (15 to 25 September). Presales in Germany start on 19 August. Market launch will be at the end of September.

      Engine                                      3.2 liter V6 
      HP    250 HP@ 6300 rpm
      Displacement     195.3 CI / 3201 CC
      Torque    236 lb-ft @ 2500-3000 rpm
      Weight    3513 lb (1594 kg)
      Acceleration 0-62  mph        6.2 sec.                                         
      Top speed    155 mph
      Driveline    All Wheel Drive
      Price (approx)    --

 Engine and chassis: The perfect way to transfer power to the road

R32 V6: At the heart of the new top of the range Golf is a four-valve six-cylinder engine, which has a displacement of 3,189 cm3 and delivers 320 Newton metres. Its sonorous tone testifies to its superior power development. The engine propels the Golf forwards from any rev range as if there was no air resistance. Power to weight ratio: 6 kg/hp.

R32 handling. The engineers have tuned the sports chassis perfectly to the V6 boost and 4MOTION grip. While the GTI chassis has been lowered by 15 millimetres compared with the series model, the new R32 has been lowered 20 millimetres. This car is therefore both comfortable and, thanks to the four-wheel drive, very agile.

 A question of character: GT, GTI and R32 all feature individual design statements

R32 front section: The new model is distinguished more greatly from the other derivatives in the series than the first Golf R32 was. Customers have an excellent choice of exterior colours including the exclusive “Deep Blue Pearl Effect”, which ensured the first generation of R32 could be spotted miles away. Like the current Golf GTI and Golf GT, the Golf R32 has its own special radiator grille. The design and aluminium look of the R32 grille also distinguish it from the GTI and GT front. Particularly the lower part of the grille framed by Bi-Xenon headlights shows great modulation in the style of classic sports cars. Double aluminium-look horizontal bars in the upper section of the radiator form a further R32 element. At the side of the radiator grille, two additional large intakes complete the air supply. Furthermore, in contrast to all other Golfs, the lower third of the front bumper is painted completely in the body colour and there is an airflow element on each side whose shape continues in the side skirting and the rear bumper.

 Other Specifications:

Valvetrain: DOHC, 4 Valves/Cyl
HP/L: 78.12 BHP per Liter
Fuel Delivery: Direct fuel Injection
Drive Wheels: 4-Motion 4WD
Curb Weight: 2928 LBS 1327.9 KG
Length: 166.0 IN / 4216 MM
Width: 69.3 IN / 1760 MM
Height: 57.7 IN / 1465 MM
Wheelbase: 101.5 IN / 2578 MM
Steering: Electro-Mechanical servotronic steering with speed-dependent Pow
Front Brakes: Discs w/ EPBD, ABS
Front Brake Size: 13.6 IN / 345 MM
Rear Brakes: Discs w/ EPBD, ABS
Rear Brake Size: 12.2 IN / 310 MM
Front Tires: 225/40-18
Rear Tires: 225/40-18
Front Suspension: MacPherson Struts w/Lower Wishbone, Coil-Over Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
Rear Suspension: 4-Link w/Coil-Over Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual or 6-Speed DSC
1st Gear Ratio: 3.36:1
2nd Gear Ratio: 2.09:1
3rd Gear Ratio: 1.47:1
4th Gear Ratio: 0.87:1
5th Gear Ratio: 0.73:1