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
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It is better all-round than the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT and is probably the best handling car in tier 2 since it is all-wheel drive. These traits can be useful on bendy tracks. However, the R32 has a slightly poor acceleration, too, and the handling is quite twitchy.
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 $38,000.
With a series of upgrades, the Golf R32 is capable of reaching 198mph (318km/h). It has the worst acceleration out of every Tier 4 car, but compensates for this with good handling.
Need for Speed: World
The Volkswagen R32 was made available in Need for Speed: World during the Taiwan restricted test session on October 14, 2009 as a tier 2 car. Since August 22, 2012, it has been featured as an E class car.
The R32 shows lacking cornering performance when compared to smaller E class cars such as the Nissan Silvia (S15). It is on the same level as the Mazda Mazdaspeed3 and somewhat better than the Volkswagen Scirocco in terms of handling.
The Scirocco on the other hand, possesses a better acceleration at the cost of a weaker nitrous boost and worse handling. The R32 boasts typical acceleration, a decent nitrous output and an impressive top speed of 139 mph (224 km/h), which is the highest among E class.
Before August 22nd, 2012, it could only be purchased if the player was at Driver Level 10 or above and cost 60,000.
The Vivoa style is a rental car that can be leased for 150. It was made available on July 20, 2010.
- The Volkswagen R32 is available as a die-cast bonus car in Need for Speed: Undercover. Players have to enter !3/$"): in the secret codes menu to unlock it.