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Volkswagen Golf Mk4 R32 (2002 - 2004)

Last updated 3 October 2017


Model Timeline

March 2002

Launched in 2002, the MkIV R32 was the most powerful production Golf ever. Narrow-angle VR6 based 3.2-litre chain cam V6 produces 240bhp at 6250 rpm fed through a 6 speed gearbox for a 0 to 60 mph time of just 6.3 second, and a top speed of 153 mph. Has 4MOTION intelligent four-wheel drive, lowered suspension, more responsive steering and throttle responses, plus ESP the R32. Its most obvious competitor is the Ford Focus RS.

Distinctive engine note from specially designed exhaust. New front and rear bumpers, side sills, blue brake callipers and imposing 18-inch Aristo alloy wheels, while silver R32 badges on the grille and tailgate.

Inside, aluminium trim, Recaro sports seats with integrated backrests and extensive use of the R (or Racing) logo add further visual distinction.

250 RHD examples available late 2002, and a further 500 in 2003.

Combined economy 24.6mpg; CO2 276g/km. Price: £22,340.

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