In Chicago: Volkswagen of America, Inc. has recently announced the return of its motorsports-inspired R32 that will be presented at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. It should be noted that the R32 was first introduced in the year 2004 to an enthusiastic crowd of car aficionados. This vehicle was said to deliver the ultimate in Volkswagen sports performance with its dynamic handling, and refined road manners.
The R32 is powered by a 3.2 L naturally aspirated 15-degree narrow angle V6 engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 236 ft-lbs of potent torque. And with such power the R32 is undeniably a muscle car. The standard 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system of the R32 transfers at least seventy-five percent of available torque to the rear wheels. Volkswagen’s popular DSG® transmission equipped in the R32 allows for seamless gear changes and sudden acceleration from 0 to 60mph in a matter of 6.4 seconds.
Moreover, the R32’s fully independent, multi-link rear suspension that sits wider and lower than its GTI sibling gives this vehicle a meaner and authoritative look inside and out. Its twin chrome exhausts, 18 inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, uniquely shaped front grille and badging distinguished it from the anything else that moves on the road. Its rear roof spoiler and deep front spoiler, coupled with body-colored bumpers, side bump strips, door handles, especially design Volkswagen muffler and door mirrors, add to the streamlined, sporty look of the vehicle.
Aside from its remarkable exterior, the R32 also boasts a long list of safety features which include Electronic Stabilization Program that reacts to critical driving situations in a matter of milliseconds by controlling the speed of individual wheels and a confidence inspiring Anti-Lock Braking System that helps to prevent wheels from locking under heavy braking. Its Brake Assist also helps in boosting brake pressure especially during emergency braking situations. And that’s not all! The state-of-the-art Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution of the R32 automatically varies the amount of force applied to its brakes depending on the road and driving conditions.
The inside of the R32 takes its inspiration from racing with its aluminum-look foot pedals and deep front sports seats. It also showcased other features such as the automatic climate control or Climatronic(TM), ten speaker premium CD stereo system, rain sensing wipers, automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror, heatable front seats and heated washer nozzles, anti-theft alarm, cruise control and trip computer are standard luxuries that complement this performance-driven victor.