I love this car! Something I haven't said much over the 20 years since I first got my license. I have had 60 plus vehicles in that 20 years and this one stands next to my Stage 3 Roush Mustang and 69 Camaro (My first Car) in the all time, this cars a keeper ranking. The R32 does everything you ask of it and so much more. It has an interior that rivals cars costing $100,000 plus, the steering wheel seems to have been taken directly from an OMP or Sparco catalog and the exhaust note is usually reserved for Ferrari 360's and the like! Having said all that, the only thing this car lacks is a proper AWD system. The Haldex just doesn't cut it. It's not bad but true quatro would have been better!
Steering wheel, seats and the exhaust. Did I mention the exhaust!
Needs a proper full time AWD system. The Haldex under Autocross, track day and tight and twisty mountain road conditions isn't up the task. With quatro this car would be more than world class. If anyone from VW is listening, Build it and they will come!
I went into this vehicle with certain expectations about performance, reliability and safety. The performance was answered just by starting the engine. The beautiful deep muscle sound that comes out when the car is first started is amazing. The car can hug the road like a little convertible and all of a sudden take off and easily hit 100 within 2 seconds on the highway. The car is reliable in the sense that unlike my Honda the only thing that ever needed maintenance was the standard oil change. The interior was flawless and unique in its own way. Everyone who has ever been into an R32 was immediately impressed with the workmanship.
The interior makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed. Having your hands on that genuine leather steering wheel with the seats hugging you really make you feel like you are in a jet. The sound on the highway once the car reaches 5,000 RPMS is exuberating. It almost sounds like a Chewbaca yell.
Maybe a little more horsepower at this price range to be a little more competitive with the Mitsubishi Evolution and the Subaru WRX STi would help. Or maybe even just putting a turbo in the car would have made the price sticker feel justified. Thankfully I got mine at invoice. Other weren't so lucky!
I've had my Volkswagen R32 for eight months and will never get rid of it. I really enjoy driving to work and back and find any reason to go driving in it. Get lots of positive comments and surprise a lot of people. It handles great!
Love the All Wheel Drive, handling is amazing, would love to have another to modify.
Only suggested improvement would be to outfit the car stock with tires that have a beefier sidewall. I've had a tire bubble that required me to purchase a new tire.
Wow, after owning a fixed-up, 480 hp 300ZX turbo, I'd never thought I would find another car to meet my performance needs! Everything on the R32 is top notch! The power delivery is silky smooth and linear! it's not as fast as some of the import turbos, but its more buttoned down, mature, and easy to live with. The handling/AWD is incredible and the tranny is perfect. The interior is very nice and the exterior hints (not screams) about the capabilites of the car. It is extremely stable both at high speeds and around curvy roads...what a car. And, there are only 5,000 in all of US...Ferrari exclusivity! This car is way more fun then the Z I used to own. and oh...did I mention the exhaust note!
Exhaust note, linear power delivery, AWD, Euro-sleeper design, features/ameneties
Could use a little more power...nothing that can't be fixed with an aftermarket turbocharger:)