Standard features US-spec R32, and stuff that was not included from Euro model (courtesy HiTechGTI)
- Body: 2-door MKIV GTI-style
- Engine: 3.2L 15º VR6, 240 hp, 236 ft-lbs
- DSG: NO (only 6-speed "traditional" manual stick shift, MQ350 transmission)
- Drive: 4-motion AWD (based on the Haldex system)
- Gear ratios: same setup as euro-spec R32
- Suspension: Springs are 10mm higher and rear shocks are slightly softer
- Wheels: 18" OZ Aristo alloy wheels
- Brakes: 334mm (13.1in) front, 256mm (10in) back, all vented
- Calipers: 2-piston front, 1-piston rear, blue-coated both front & rear
- HIDs: NO
- Headlamp washers: NO (since we're not getting HIDs)
- Bumper rub strips: NO
- Colors available (and % of production):
o Deep Blue Pearl (40%)
o Reflex Silver (35%)
o Black Magic Pearl (15%)
o Tornado Red (10%)
- Climatronic: YES
- Sunroof: YES
- Rain- and Speed-sensitive windshield wipers: YES
- MFA digital display in the instrument cluster: YES
- Cold weather package: YES and that includes:
o Heated seats
o Heated mirrors
o Heated windshield washer nozzles
- Seats: made by Koenig (see this post) and options are (with % of production):
o Cloth, standard with leatherette inserts (35%)
o Full leather seats (65%)
- Trim: bushed aluminum
- Headliner: black
- Navigation System: NO
- Steering: shortened rack (2.6 turns lock-to-lock)
- Wheel: leather-wrapped, thicker with thumb cut-outs
- Umbrella: NO
- Keychain and Pen: yes
- R32 for Canada: NO
- 4-door model: NO (only some in Europe)
- Arrival date in the US: late January to February
- Number of cars produced for the US: 5000
- and the one mellllion dollar question: MSRP = $29,100 base + $575 dest. charge
All MkIV R32s were assembled in Bratislava Slovakia.
R32 production was mixed with other VW products with 4motion
drivetrains, so the R32 VIN numbers are non-consecutive.
Some other changes to the US model from the European one. (courtesy ricsR32a)
- Safety crash standards account for most of the weight increase from 3,265 to 3,409. Not such a big deal and hardly makes the car a stone.
- Your outside mirrors may be a tad smaller.
- US front bumper is smooth without the Euro plate box. Rear plate box sized to US plate.
- Side marker lights in front bumper for US regs again.
- We do not have headlight washers. Bumper is smooth in that area too.
- Rear taillights not smoked.
- No alcantara seat option, only cloth or leather.
- Headliner is black material instead of grey
- US-spec R32's MAF is larger diameter (3" ID versus 2.75") and airbox is different. Best evidence suggests that US-spec R32's engine and intake are virtually identical to Audi TT3.2 (ala.. 250hp instead of rated 240hp)
Dimensions and other specs. (courtesy speedomodel)
Info pilferred from the UK R32 brochure and supercarsite.net (http://www.supercarsite.net/golf_r32.htm). There's some overlap, and I'm sure some corrections will be necessary.
Length: 4149 mm / 163.3 in
Width: 1735 mm / 68.3 in
Height: 1444 mm / 56.9 in
Wheelbase: 2518 mm / 99.1 in
Front Track: 1513 mm / 59.6 in
Rear Track: 1487 mm / 58.5 in
Weight: 1477 kg / 3256 lbs (US-spec curb weight 3409, but average measured weight is closer to 3340lbs)
Weight Distribution (F/R): 61/39 with driver
Payload: 448 kgs / 1076 lbs
Front Axle Load Limit: 1050 kgs / 4410 lbs
Rear Axle Load Limit: 990 kgs / 2183 lbs
Max. Roof Load: 75 kgs / 165 lbs
Ground Clearance: 4.2 inches
Trunk Space: 14.0 cu ft
Headroom Front: 38.3 in
Headroom Rear: 34.0 in
Configuration: 3.2 ltr 15° V6 Otto
Powertrain: Front engine / 4Motion AWD
Valvetrain: DOHC 4 Valves / Cylinder
Displacement: 3.2 ltrs / 3189 cc / 194.6 cu in
Power: 179.7 kW / 241.0 bhp at 6250 rpm
Torque: 320.0 Nm / 236.0 ft lbs at 2800-3200 rpm
Bore: 84.0 mm / 3.31 in
Stroke: 95.9 mm / 3.78 in
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Bhp / Liter: 75.57 bhp
Alternator: 70 A
Battery: 340 A / 70 Ah
Type (F/R): Discs
Assist: Anti-Lock Breaking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Front Rotors: Ventilated, 334 mm / 13.1 in
Rear Rotors: Ventilated, 256 mm / 10.1 in
Front Calipers: 2 Piston, Blue-Coated
Rear Calipers: 1 Piston, Blue-Coated
Rims: OZ Aristo, 45.7 x 19.1J cm / 18.0 x 7.5J in
Bolt Pattern: 5x100 mm
Rim Offset: 38mm (most aftermarket wheels for the R32 are 35mm offset as 38mm is rare)
Gear Type: 6 Speed Manual (MQ350)
Final Drive: 4.24:1
1st Gear Ratio: 3.36:1
2nd Gear Ratio: 2.09:1
3rd Gear Ratio: 1.47:1
4th Gear Ratio: 1.10:1
5th Gear Ratio: 0.86:1
6th Gear Ratio: 0.72:1
Rev Gear Ratio: 3.08:1
Top Speed: Euro 153mph drag limited, US 130mph hard limited (speedometer reads a few mph higher)
0 - 60 mph: 6.4 seconds (US factory spec), 5.8 seconds (R&T magazine), 5.9 seconds (Motortrend)
0 - 100 kph: 6.6 seconds (Euro factory spec)
0 - 100 mph: 14.4 seconds (R&T)
0 - 1/4 mile: firstname.lastname@example.org (R&T)
Braking Distance from 60 mph: 108 ft (Motortrend)
Braking Distance from 80 mph: 196 ft (R&T)
200ft skidpad 0.87 (Motortrend)
600ft slalom 66.1 mph (Motortrend)
Further performance data from Motortrend and R&T. Motortrend (June 2004) 0-60 5.9 sec, 1/4 mile 14.2@98mph http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1368264
Road and Track (June 2004) 0-60 5.8 sec, 1/4 mile email@example.com Lots more data from R&T here http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1377853
Fuel Capacity: 16.4 US gallons
Cruise Range: 294 miles at 19mpg (R&T magazine)
EPA City / Highway: 19/26 (US)
CO2 Emissions: 278 g/km
Interior Noise: 75dB
What do you get over a 1.8t for your $30k? From Jamie.. http://forums.vwvortex.com/zer...13713
Some info about the Goodgear Eagle F1's (courtesy Daemon42)
Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 225/40ZR-18 http://www.tirerack.com/tires/...GS-D3
Rated #1 in survey results compared to other max perf tires.http://www.tirerack.com/tires/...x.jsp
The results are a *little* misleading. There are max perf tires with sharper turn-in response and better overall feel at the limits of adhesion, but they get dinged in the wet, or for bad treadlife where the F1 does not. The F1's are sticky, but have soft sidewalls so aren't
really suitable for Auto-X or track days.
Information about jacking pads for the R32, and jacking with a floor jack in general.
Be wary of jacking pads that lift on either side of the frame rails, as the body can collapse just
outside the rail pretty easily if a lot of pressure goes there. Ideally a good pad should stabilize
and distribute the load on the frame rail itself.
Various strange sounds the R32 makes:
Loud whirring just after unlocking and opening the door is fuel pump.
Quiet high pitched whirring from rear passenger seat area while car is running, fuel pump.
Clicking/popping from passenger rear just after start-up is Evap system leak detection pump.
Random interval clicking sound from passenger front under the hood, is evap system purge valve.
Quiet whirring and gurgling sound from driver side of engine bay after car is shut off, is electric aux coolant pump.
Very high pitched whine that varies with engine rpms, usually when lifting off the throttle. Source unknown, but it's normal.
Here's a thread with a list of known reviews. Feel
free to add names/dates/page# etc to that thread as new reviews come out.
Best recorded 1/4 mile time of a bone stock R32 13.9@97 so far
R32's with chip and CAI are routinely running mid-high 13's by many people.
Performance mods available and power from them. (updated 1/17/2006 courtesy Ian)
* Exhaust flapper mod (10lb-ft of torque at low revs, and 10+hp gain in 1st and 2nd gear at all revs and +5hp at high speeds/high revs. Seems it's never fully deactived by ECU .)
* Neuspeed chip - 7 hp claimed
* GIAC 91 octane chip - +7whp +12 lb-ft http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1359298
* GIAC 91 octane tuned for CAI chip - +12.5 whp, +14lb-ft http://forums.vwvortex.com/zer...90404
* GIAC 93 octane and 93+CAI chip - available, but dyno gains unknown
Fastest/quickest NA US Spec R32s are running GIAC + CAI program (mid high 12's@~100+)
* APR 91/93/100 octane chip - 93 octane +15hp +16 lb-ft on a hub dyno (not at the wheels or crank) http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1354888
* AmD Stage I (chip) - 260hp crank (not tested on a dyno in the US yet)
* AmD Stage II (chip+exhaust) - 270 hp crank
* AmD Stage III (chip+exhaust+cams) - ~300hp (no dynos of this available anywhere)
* VF-engineering Stage I (6psi supercharger) - 320hp http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1359298
* VF-engingeering Stage II (6.5psi + intercooler) - 350hp
* VF-engingeering Stage I - high octane (6.0 psi + 100 octane software) - 375hp
* VF-engingeering Stage II - high octane (6.5 psi + intercooler + 100 octane software) - 400hp
* EIP single turbo Stage I (4psi) - 350hp (295 fwhp) Now available $6.5-7k
* HPA FT360 single turbo (360hp- Now available $8k)
* StreetWerke GT380 (380hp 8psi - Now available $9k)
* HPA FT400 single turbo (400hp - Now available $12k)
* EIP single turbo Stage I (9psi) - 336 awhp (somewhere on the order of 430bhp) Now available, same price as above
* VF Engineering Stage 3 (450hp 12psi - $9k)
* StreetWerke GT480 (480hp 18psi - $11k)
* EIP single turbo Stage II (450fwhp (500+bhp) - Stage I + $2700)
* HPA twin turbo Stage I (425hp)
* StreetWerke GT540 (540hp 20psi - $14k)
* HPA twin turbo Stage II (550hp - $30k)
* EIP single turbo Stage 4 (600fwhp, 585awhp demonstration car)
Results of a huge dyno day organized by Jeremy (rabbitgtibbar)
Original dyno day thread: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2351853
with many of the above NA and FI options represented.
More discussion of results: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2391123
Among many interesting results, one stands out to me.
Stock - 200-207awhp(at 23% drivetrain loss that's about 259-268bhp, which is well above rated 240hp)
Performance chips for the R32 are currently available from
APR (Serially programmed. Up to 4 programs can be loaded at once and
switched between via cruise control buttons)
GIAC (Serially programmed. Several programs can be loaded at once, and switched via
laptop, or handheld interface that plugs into OBDII port)
AmD (see claimed gains above)
Neuspeed (modest gains, but inexpensive)
EIP 8-9hp and 8-14 ft/lbs torque.
Revo - claimed 10-12 hp and 10-15 lbs of torque
Modified by Daemon42 at 2:35 PM 2-16-2007