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2004 volkswagen golf hpa r32 specs
We can’t wait for VW ‘s new 241-horse, all-wheel-drive R32 to hit the American marketplace. HPA Motorsports couldn’t wait, either. It’s already developed, tested, and certified three positively wicked versions of its R32 turbocharged tuner packages: a 400-horsepower Stage I, a 550-horsepower Stage II, and a full commando 600-horsepower Stage III. We recently tested the Stage II and were delightfully shocked–but your conscience and pocketbook should dictate what’s right for you.
How “shocking” can a V-6 Volkswagen really be? How about 0-to-60 mph in 3.2 seconds? The quarter mile in 11.49? A 600-foot slalom in a Mitsu Evo-like 71 mph? During official German TUV government testing, the HPA R32 topped out at 202.6 mph. You read that correctly.
More shockers: It runs on premium pump gas and idles more smoothly than the stock R32. If the weather goes sour, the HPA R32’s 4Motion AWD will keep you safe while you’re hustling the curves.
Although the stock R32’s 241 horsepower is strong in this category (the lauded Subaru WRX makes 227), HPA feels more than doubling that number makes it just about right. Twin KKK K04 ball-bearing turbochargers, modified to HPA’s Stage II specs, pack 19.5 psi of boost through twin air-to-air intercoolers, a larger mass-airflow sensor, a custom cast-aluminum intake manifold, past a special head spacer, and into the 3.2-liter V-6. Oversized fuel injectors, a Bosch high-volume fuel pump, fuel-pressure regulator, and recalibrated ECU keep in check detonation that can come with nearly 20 pounds of boost. Custom exhaust manifolds and turbo downpipe, twin race-spec catalytic converters, and a single three-inch T-304 stainless-steel exhaust system make for a free-flowing setup that remains mellow at idle.
The R32’s upgraded suspension and 4Motion AWD do a commendable job in the handling and traction departments, but HPA ups the game with its KW suspension kit, which includes INOX Variant I coil-overs up front with 16-way adjustable Version 3 shocks for the rear. Optional BBS RC 18×8.0-inch wheels wearing Dunlop SP Super Sport 225/40ZR18 tires provide added flash and fantastic grip, but will set you back $3200 above the Stage II package. On the highway, the suspension proved smooth and predictable, yet the combination delivered impressive g-forces that earned it entry into the exclusive 70-mph club during slalom testing.
The stock R32 comes with so much stuff that HPA didn’t mess with the rest of the package, aside from an upgrade to Hagus side mirrors and a slightly larger rear wing for added stability over 200 mph. Inside, special door panels with embroidery are the only mod.
At $25,000 above the cost of an R32, the HPA Stage II upgrade isn’t inexpensive. Yet, it provides astonishing performance that’s useable under a variety of weather conditions. Spool up the turbos, dump the HPA heavy-duty clutch, and you’re in for an accelerative slap to the face. The car doesn’t just launch quickly; it blasts off with all four tires howling (click on the link to the right to watch the associated video). The numbers will show that the HPA R32 outaccelerates and outgrips Porsches, Ferraris, Corvettes, and Vipers–while offering a back seat and room for five.
Volkswagen R32: Finally Stateside
VW will bring about 5000 of its Euro-only R32 Golfs to North America close to the time you read this. The R32 goes beyond the GTI, with more horsepower, more handling, a six-speed manual gearbox, and standard all-wheel drive.
The R32 is centered around a 3.2-liter V-6 engine shared, interestingly enough, with the company’s new full-size flagship, the Phaeton. It delivers 241 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque–40 more horsepower than the current GTI VR6. Power is shuttled through VW’s refined 4Motion Haldex AWD system.
OZ Aristo 18×7.5-inch 15-spoke alloys wrapped in grippy 225/40ZR18 rubber add flash and dash. Revised four-wheel independent suspension teams with larger anti-roll bars, sportier shocks, and 20mm-lower springs are at each corner for improved handling. Larger 13.1/ 10.1-inch rotors are cribbed from the Passat W8.
Externally, the R32 is set apart by a racier front fascia and bumper, unique side sills, a tasteful rear spoiler, and different rear bumper incorporating a relief for twin chrome-tipped exhaust outlets. Inside, you’ll find R32-logoed sport bucket seats, a redesigned leather steering wheel, and a unique gauge cluster, shift knob, floormats, and trim. Brushed aluminum brightens the pedals, the driver’s left footrest, handbrake, console, and door panels.
A new fifth-generation Golf is on the horizon, so the R32 represents the last, and best-performing, model built on the current A4 platform. Priced at around $30K, it offers solid performance, good value, German cachet, all-wheel drive, and a non-attention-drawing combination of attitude and class. Get ’em before they’re not.
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