Monday, December 17, 2007

Golf Mk V (The mighty R32)

A 3.2 litre engine in a Mk V Golf!? Yes ... only in Singapore. Never thought I'd see one on the streets (In Malaysia, it is a 'showpiece' car at VW in The Curve ... sigh!). I like the dual-coloured front nose, and the twin pipes at the rear, means serious business!

Wikipedia ...
In late September 2005, the Mk5 R32 went on sale in Europe.
It features an updated 3.2-litre unit than of that fitted to the previous version, with an extra 10 bhp (7 kW) courtesy of a reworked inlet manifold. Maximum power is now 250 bhp (186 kW) at 6,300 rpm; torque is unchanged at 236 ft·lbf (320 N·m) but comes in 300 rpm lower down the rev range.
It reaches an electronically-governed top speed of 250 km/h (154 mph). Going from 0 to 100 km/h will take a brisk 6.5 s, reduced to 6.2 s with the direct-shift gearbox.
Compared with the previous Mk 4 R32 that is 0.1 seconds faster for the manual version while the newer R32 is is about 40 kg heavier.
As with the previous R32; there is 4MOTION all wheel drive through 18" Zolder 20-spoke alloy wheels. Stopping the R32 comes in the form of blue-painted brake callipers with 345 mm discs at the front and 310 mm disks at the rear.
The MKV R32 was released in the US in August '07 with a starting MSRP of US$32,990

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