The Volkswagen Golf R32 (also known as the Volkswagen R32) is a hot hatch produced from 2003 to 2008. The R refers to Volkswagen's motorsport department, Volkswagen Racing. 32 stands for the engine's displacement.
The first R32 was based on the Golf GTi (Mk4) and was initially designed as a limited production variant of the Golf. Thanks to high demand, Volkswagen opted for full-scale production of the R32.
The Mk5 R32 was the world's first production car to provide an option for a direct shift gearbox (DSG) automatic transmission.
In September 2005, the Golf Mk5 R32 entered production. The 3.2 litre VR6 was revised and received a mild power upgrade. As seen on the Mk4 R32, it utilises Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
Need for Speed: Carbon
It is an all-rounder and a good handling, thanks to itss all-wheel drive. These traits can be useful on bendy tracks, however, it has slightly poor acceleration, and it handling can be quite twitchy.
The stock Golf R32 is unlocked for purchase in the Career mode depending on the player's chosen career path:
- Exotic: Defeat Darius in the "Boss Race: Canyon Duel" event in Silverton
- Muscle: Defeat Darius in the "Boss Race: Canyon Duel" event in Silverton
- Tuner: Take over Morgan Beach, Kempton
Once unlocked, it can be purchased from any Car Lot for 40,000 cash.
Top Speed 2.8
Sal drives a Golf R32 as part of the crew in the tuner career path of the Career mode, if the player drives a tier 2 car.
Top Speed 2.8
Need for Speed: ProStreet
The Golf R32 appears in Need for Speed: ProStreet as a tier 2 car with a price tag of $32,000. It is unlocked upon dominating Showdown: Chicago race day.
It has a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds and 0 to 100mph time of 17.6 seconds, making it a decent performing car for Grip. The R32 is also controllable in corners, given its good traction.
Need for Speed: Undercover
The Golf R32 appears in Need for Speed: Undercover as a Tier 4 vehicle with a price tag of $41,000. It appears in the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii releases with a price tag of $38,000.
With a series of upgrades, the Golf R32 is capable of reaching 198mph (318km/h). It has the worst acceleration out of every Tier 4 car, but compensates for this with good handling.
Need for Speed: World
The Volkswagen R32 was made available in Need for Speed: World during the Taiwan restricted test session on October 14, 2009 as a tier 2 car. Since August 22, 2012, it has been featured as an E class car.
The R32 shows lacking cornering performance when compared to smaller E class cars such as the Nissan Silvia (S15). It is on the same level as the Mazda Mazdaspeed3 and somewhat better than the Volkswagen Scirocco in terms of handling.
The Scirocco on the other hand, possesses a better acceleration at the cost of a weaker nitrous boost and worse handling. The R32 boasts typical acceleration, a decent nitrous output and an impressive top speed of 139 mph (224 km/h), which is the highest among E class.
|Stock: 243 (E class)||Maximum: 537 (B class)|
- The Volkswagen R32 is available as a die-cast bonus car in Need for Speed: Undercover. Players have to enter !3/$"): in the secret codes menu to unlock it.