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This 1,000 HP VW Golf R32 Is The Perfect Daily Driver @ Top Speed


This VW R32 proves that the platform is a hidden tuning gem

It boasts Veyron-like power and can match it at the 1/4-mile

When it comes to the best platforms for high horsepower builds, more often than not, people turn to cars like the Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Turbo, or anything that has a Chevy LS engine. And although they are all highly capable platforms, this rather unassumingly-looking VW Golf R32 can easily give them a run for their money.

The car in question is a 2009 Mk V Golf R32, which is the last year of this generation and also the last year, in which a Golf could be had with the narrow-angle VR6 engine. In stock form, the 3.2-liter normally-aspirated unit produces 247 horsepower (184 kilowatts) and 236 pound-feet (320 Nm), which allows for a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of around 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

This 1,000 HP VW Golf R32 Is The Perfect Daily Driver
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However, this R32 is far from stock

The fully forged engine now has stronger internals, bigger injectors and Precision 64-66 turbo and more

2009 Volkswagen Mk V Golf R32 specifications
Engine 3.2-liter normally-aspirated
Power 247 HP
Torque 236 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 5.7 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

Jacque De Beer – the owner of the Golf R32 – bought it brand new in 2009 and almost immediately started modifying it. Before that happened, he lost his first race against a GTI. “That was the first and last race I lost”, he says. A normally aspirated engine is not the most ideal choice when going the forced induction route, as you’ll have to change a lot more parts than on something that’s already been turbocharged or supercharged (if you want to have some reliability that is).

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The R32 comes with AWD and DSG as standard

VW’s 4Motion and dual-cluch automatic help the car rocket off the line

The car had only 3,000 km (1,864 miles) on the clock when the mods started and initially ran a GT35 turbo. The engine has been fully forged and currently features a Precision 64-66 turbocharger, pistons, and connecting rods from Wossner, HPA intake manifold, 980 cc injectors, and a flex-fuel system running on E70. The car is run by two ECU – a Syvecs Seven Plus and a separate one for the E70.

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Jacques says the car isn’t fully sorted out and more upgrades are in store, which means even quicker quarter-mile times, in the future. With that being said, a 10.3-second quarter-mile time is enough to give even some hypercars trouble. And since it’s a hatchback, you can also pick up four times the women than in a Lamborghini. Watch the video below to learn all the details about this mighty Golf R32, from the owner himself.


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