Welcome to Daily Turismo’s Syncro de Mayo, our May 5th celebration of Volkswagen’s four wheel drive system known as Syncro. Today’s next entry into the cabal of synchronicity did not use the Syncro name in its advertising literature, but the R32 Golf MkV puts power from its 250 horsepower VR6 engine into a Haldex controlled center diff that’ll put power to the rear wheels when needed. It still maintains a certain degree front front-wheel-drive understeer, but you can get the back end to step out with trail braking or a heavy right foot. For whatever reason, VW decided to only build the MkV R32 with some kind of flappy paddle double clutch DSG thing, but all reports indicate that the DSG in the R32 is relatively fun to drive. Find this 2008 Volkswagen R32 offered for $12,500 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
The beating that Volkswagen has been taking over this emissions cheating debacle has been epic, and not wanting to be one to miss a bandwagon, or a chance to beat a dead horse…I’m gonna throw in my two cents. First, however, I am going to make fun of the New England Patriots Cheatriots by introducing […]
The Volkswagen R32 was made in two generations, the first was a manual transmission only version of the Mk4 Golf, and the second version was a DSG only version of the Mk5 Golf. Purists might miss the clutch pedal, but the Mk5 chassis was sharper and the DSG fires off shifts into the Haldex based […]
If you ever get sick of rowing your own gears, there is German conglomerate called the Volkswagen Group that puts together an excellent alternative to the stick shift. They call it S-Tronic, but don’t confuse it with the old Tiptronic (aka Tip”hang on, having a coffee break, will get to that gearshift when i’m done”tronic) […]
As car guys we routinely get asked for car recommendations. Typically those recommendations are instantly dismissed by the guy who was just going to buy a brand new Ford C-Max anyway, because most folks are just looking for a painless way to get into a new car and drive it till the warranty expires…rinse and […]
The Mk5 Volkswagen Golf was yet another revamp to VW’s front drive econobox, and got a little bit nicer, a bit heavier and generally more boring than the previous incarnation. Thankfully, VW released an R32 version, only sold in the US for the 2008 model year and featuring a 3.2 liter specially tuned VR6 engine, […]