R32. This code of three alphanumeric characters can kick off an entire subculture of hot hatch fans into overdrive. And for good reason – the Volkswagen Golf R32 was one of the most complete packages on the market with the power, handling, style and features at a price still accessible. The successor to the R32, Volkswagen Golf £ 2011, was first revealed last year in Frankfurt, and now we have new images and details after the release of driving the car, which took place in Ellmau, Austria at the weekend.
Golf 2011 R has the same engine as the off-limits-to-us Scirocco R, and a system 4Motion all-wheel drive that sends power from the plant to the ground. Compared with the version implemented in the Golf R32, the system has significantly advanced development. Above all, power transmission between front and rear axles – especially the differential all-wheel drive, which operates in an oil bath – shows clear advantages over the previous generation. Most importantly, differential activation of all the wheels no longer requires the difference between the front and rear axle speeds. In extreme cases, almost 100% of drive torque can be directed to the rear axle, a plus in terms of active safety and dynamic performance.
Its 2.0-liter TSI engine is rated at 265 horsepower – the most powerful Golf ever – and is capable of propelling the hot hatch to 62 mph from rest in 5.5 seconds when equipped with the optional dual clutch exchange DSG (the default Manual gets it done 0.2 seconds slower). Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The average fuel consumption of the new Golf R is about 21% better than the R32, to 27.7 mpg combined according to Volkswagen. The average fuel consumption of the new Golf R is about 21% better than the R32, to 27.7 mpg combined according to Volkswagen. Not bad, considering the hatch tips the scales at more than £ 3,353 for manual models and nearly £ 3,400 for DSG equipped cars.
Also available as an option is DCC dynamic chassis control, whose character was totally in tune with the Golf R. This system continually adapts suspension damping to the road situation and conduct. Besides the “Normal” default mode, the driver can manually activate a “Sport” or “Comfort” mode.
The chassis consists of a McPherson suspension with coil springs and dampers Telesco ping in front and a multi-link set-up on the back. The brake system was also modified to higher the level of R Golf driving. Instead of a system of 16 inches, a brake system, 17 inches is used and all discs are internally ventilated brake calipers and R-specific that are painted glossy black with the logo-R. These are housed within a set of 18 inch wheels as standard or an optional set of 19 inch units.