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

This ordinary-looking VW Golf R32 eats GT-Rs for breakfast seems to be the go-to YouTube channel when it comes to quality car content from South Africa. It’s always interesting to see how the car scene is in other regions of the world and this highly modified Mk V Volkswagen Golf R32 is a perfect example, as it is capable of making plenty of exotic cars cry on the drag strip.

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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).

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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.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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