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posted on May 28 2008 by Kyle McWilton
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The last generation Volkswagen Golf R32 was one of VW's biggest successes of the last few years, with the mixture of good looks and V6 power with a finely-honed sports chassis. If evolution works as it should do, the new version should be even better. If you were looking to but this vehicle from a VW Showroom you'd have to go along with a wallet stuffed full of cash and don't be shocked at the very serious £23,745 price-tag that VW has chosen to affix to it (that's the three-door, the five-door is £500 more.) That makes it around £3000 dearer than a Subaru Impreza WRX - and only a couple of hundred quid cheaper than its supposedly posher Audi A3 3.2 V6 sister.
With the Golf R32 in the driveway or the company car park, you will certainly look the part, boasting a chunkier body kit than the GTI and proudly wearing a unique, silver radiator grille and subtle "R32" badging. From behind, twin exhaust pipes centrally mounted under the bumper show that this is the R32 Golf. The designers have been busy on the interior with unique badging and some sporty metal trim and great-feeling sports steering wheel.
Mechanically this R32 is very similar to the last one, featuring a developed version of the same V6 engine. Now it has 247 bhp, up from the original car's 238 bhp, but with torque outputs remaining identical. Drive is passed via a six-speed manual gearbox (or the optional six-speed "DSG" twin-clutch semi-auto) to VW's familiar Haldex four-wheel drive system (still branded as "4Motion"). In normal operation almost all power goes to the front wheels but, when the system detects any slip, an electronically controlled clutch on the rear axle is brought into play, diverting as much drive as necessary to the back wheels. VW claims a 0-62 mph time of 6.5 seconds (just 0.1 second quicker than the old car), while top speed is now electronically limited to 155 mph.
Behind the wheel of this Golf R32, it feels slightly faster than those figures suggest. The engine is happy to pull cleanly from very low revs, enthusiasm developing as the rev counter needle ascends the dial. At the 4000 rpm mark it really wakes up and a hard-edged yowl enters the exhaust note as the motor reels in the 6500 rpm redline. At which point you select the next ratio via the pleasingly slick gear shift action and repeat as necessary. Handling is something this thoroughbred has down to a tee. Indeed, from the driver's seat the biggest surprise is how different the R32 feels to the GTI with meatier-feeling steering and less front-end push.
Cornering limits are very high - with the R32 responding well if you ask it to tighten its cornering line with a generous dose of throttle. The standard-fit ESP stability control system remains a reassuring presence during all of this - but if you choose to switch it off (and find an empty test track) then the R32 can be made to slide in an instinctively corrected fashion. To read more about leasing a Volkswagen view our latest deals here.