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!
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