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The Golf R32

For those of you already in possession of an R32, this article is unlikely to tell you anything you don't know already. Instead, it serves to educate the prospective buyer - to give you an idea of what you'll be getting for your money!

NOTE - this article will soon be updated, with separate pages for listed items


There's no doubt about it - as a standard car, the R32 is a stonking looker. It's a combination of the following items that sets the R32 apart from being 'just another Golf'.

* 18" 15-spoke alloys (either BBS or Ronal)
* unique VW bodykit, inc. front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and spoiler
* colour-coded side bumper strips, mirror casings and door handles
* twin 90mm chrome exhaust tailpipes
* lowered suspension (sits 20mm lower than standard Golf) with blue springs
* blue brake callipers
* unique R32 badging on tailgate and front grill

When the R32 was originally unveiled, the plan was to bring just 240 examples to the UK (not even enough for 1 per dealership), in 3-door form only, with 3 colours available - Deep Blue Pearl, Diamond Black Pearl and Reflex Silver Metallic.

However, following an extremely positive public reaction, VW decided to increase output to allow approximately 2000 R32's to be destined for the UK, with a choice of either 3 or 5-door (with 5-doors carrying a £500 premium). Several additional paint colours were added to the selection, as shown below.

Deep Blue Pearl

Indigo Blue Pearl

Reflex Silver Metallic

Moonlight Blue Pearl

Tornado Red

Diamond Black Pearl

Grey Anthracite Pearl


The differences continue inside aswell, making the R32 a joy simply to sit in! Items exclusive to the R32 include:

* unique Konig sport seats, with R logo embroidered
* aluminium trim around centre console, door armrests and dash dials
* leather-trimmed handbrake and gearknob gaiter
* unique R-branded steering wheel
* unique R/4 Motion gearknob
* aluminium pedals (with R logo)
* widened sills with aluminium inserts (with R logo)
* unique R-branded carpet mats front & rear

As well as this, VW offered three different types of upholstery (with some at an additional charge ofcourse!)

* Leatherette/Cloth (in 'Monte Carlo' Anthracite)
* Leather/Alcantara (in Flannel Grey)
* Black Full Leather

Standard Equipment

The R32 is a very substantial car, in that you're getting a lot for your money. Besides the advanced technology driving the R32, along with the head-turning exterior accessories, VW generously included plenty of toys at no extra charge too!

* 8 speaker sound system with RDS
* 6 Disc CD changer Dash-Mounted
* Electronic Climate Control
* ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Program)
* 8 airbags (front/side/curtain)
* Front Heated Seats
* Xenon Gas Discharge Headlights
* Rain-sensitive wipers
* Automatic Dimming rear-view mirror
* Metallic Paint
* Cup Holders, Front & Rear

Along with many other typical VW refinements!

Optional Extras

VW offered relatively few optional extras on the R32, which is unsurprising, considering the standard specification.

* Cruise Control
* Upholstery upgrade (either Alcantara or Leather)
* Electric Sunroof
* 'Delta' upgraded Radio (with boot-mounted CD changer)
* Satellite Navigation with 5" colour screen (with boot-mounted CD changer)

Technical Specification

Enjoy studying endless amounts of stats and figures? Then prepare to go to heaven! For the rest of us, the information shown below can be translated as follows - the R32's got a big engine, with loads of grunt, so even though it weighs more than other hot hatches, it still blummin' shifts! Oh, and it's got a drink-related problem as well. ;-)


Engine type: Six cylinder 'Otto' engine
Cubic Capacity, ltrs/cc: 3.2/3189
Bore/stroke, mm: 84.0/95.9
Maximum output, PS/kw: 240/177
at rpm: 6250
Maximum torque, lbs.ft/Nm: 236/320
at rpm: 2800
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Gearbox: Six speed manual, four wheel drive - 4MOTION
Alternator, amps: 70
Battery, A(Ah): 340(70)

Weight, lbs/kgs

Unladen weight: 3334/1512
Gross vehicle weight: 4410/2000
Payload: 1076/488
Axle load limit: Front: 2315/1050
Rear: 2183/990

Trailer load limits, lbs/kgs

Maximum roof loads: 165/75


Top speed, mph (km/h): 153(247)
Acceleration, secs 0-62mph: 6.6
ABI insurance group: 18

Environmental information

Fuel grade: super plus or super lead-free petrol,
Minimum 95 RON
Fuel tank capacity, galls/ltrs: 13.6/62

3 door
Official fuel consumption according to EU Directive 99/94,
mpg/ltr per 100km
Urban: 17.2/16.4
Extra-urban: 32.8/8.6
Combined: 24.6/11.5
Official CO2 emmission, g/km: 276
Noise, dB: 75

5 door
Official fuel consumption according to EU Directive 99/94,
mpg/ltr per 100km
Urban: 17.1/16.5
Extra-urban: 32.5/8.7
Combined: 24.4/11.6
Official CO2 emmission, g/km: 278
Noise, dB: 75

Exterior dimensions

Length, mm: 4149
Width (excluding door mirrors), mm: 1735
Height, mm: 1444
Wheelbase, mm: 2516

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ive got oz ones and ronal found this when cleaning them off the car! maybe they were originally oz then switched to Ronal who make all there others
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