VW Golf V R32
The fifth generation of the Volkswagen Golf was a C-Segment car launched at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, based on the Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform.
The most powerful version of the model was the VW Golf V R32 launched in 2005. Like its predecessor, it was fitted with a transversely mounted 3.2 liter VR6 engine producing 250 hp (184 kw) of power and 320 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearbox. The four valve per cylinder engine had a narrow V-angle of 15-degrees between the cylinder banks, aluminium cylinder heads and grey cast iron engine block. The bore was 84.0 mm and the stroke was 95.9 mm resulting in 3,189 cc capacity. Each of the four overhead camshafts – two per cylinder bank – used continuous timing adjustment. Roller rocker arms with hydraulic compensation operated the valves. The engine was equipped with a distributorless electronic ignition system and each of six cylinders was assigned its own ignition coil. The car could accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6,5 seconds and could reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The ride height was lowered by 20 mm and the car featured four-link rear suspension, higher-rate springs and dampers in both axles and reworked electro-mechanical power steering. The Golf R32 was equipped with an updated 4MOTION four wheel drive system with a new electronically controlled Haldex coupling a wet plate clutch, that provided the function of a centre differential. Finally, a more powerful braking system included larger diameter brake servo and ventilated brake discs with increased diameter – 345 mm at the front and 310 mm at the rear). The following systems were included in the standard equipment: ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), AEM (Adaptive Engagement Model), ASR (Traction Control System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), EDL (Electronic Differential Lock), ESBS (Extended Stability Brake System) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist).
Visually, the car was distinguished by the redesigned bodykit that included larger air intakes at the new deeper front bumper, chrome finish for the front grille, bi-xenon headlights, body coloured side sills, larger and body coloured extension for the rear bumper as well as centrally located twin exhaust pipes. Inside, it came with Recaro seats, sporty multi-function steering wheel with paddle shift, aluminium alloy gearknob, sporty instrument panel and leather upholstery.
VW Golf V R32
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345 mm Ventilated Discs
310 mm Solid Discs