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Volkswagen R32 2008 Review: Volkswagen R32: Test drive the dream car

The Volkswagen R32 has an all wheel drive with a 3.2 liter V6 engine, which makes the handling of the vehicle exceptional and the power remains constant even at high speed and does not fade. Besides this the exterior of the vehicle is refined and good looking. This is a car that is a family car and one in which you could either go for long drives on mountainous roads or to pick up food stuff and grocery too. As the R32 is fitted with a Volkswagen DSG transmission which is a dual clutch manual which helps operate the clutch. To take full advantage of the transmission the car should be switched to the manual mode. In the manual mode the shifts respond with lightening speed and even the automatic mode can do the shifting extremely fast and smooth.

Basic car features

What comes with the vehicle is the body style which is hatchback with trim levels and the standard engine that runs on gas. The safety features are air bags, antilock brakes, tract ional control, stability control and adaptive cruise control. For entertainment the standard features are a standard satellite radio and an MP3 CD enabled sound system.

For climate and convenience the vehicle is fitted with seats that are either heated or cooled according to choice, a two way security system and a standard 12V power outlet. The driving technology and navigation which comes with the Volkswagen R32 2008 is an all wheel drive and it has a drive train. For the navigation there is a standard trip computer and a non GPS DVD navigation system which is optional.

Acceleration ratings

In the sport shift mode the engine touches 3,500 rpm and drops the clutch. Though there appears to be a slight spin the wheels this stabilizes as soon as the power starts to be drawn in the rear. The sounds are great and the gear changes are lightening fast.

Safety factors that are fitted on the vehicle

Care has been taken to have sufficient safety factors incorporated in the vehicle to ensure that the passengers are protected in case there is a collision. There are front air bags, side air bags, head air bags, knee air bags, antilock brakes or 4 wheel ABS, Electronic brake enhancements, traction control, stability control, rollover protection and tire pressure monitoring system. 

Handling of the controls

Handling of the vehicle is smooth and the steering is communicative and adept and the vehicle feels great to drive.

Technical Specifications


Engine
: 3.2L V6

Power
: 250hp, 236 lb-ft torque

Drive train
: All-Wheel Drive w/6-Speed DSG transmission

MPG
: 18 city/23 hwy

0-60mph: 6.5 sec

Transmission
: 6 speed automated / manual

Transmission and axle ratios
: I = 2.93, II = 1.83, III = 1.30, IV = 0.97, V = 0.77, VI = 0.61, R = 2.50, Final Drive = 4.80

Displacement
: (cc/cu-ins) 3,200 (195)

Horse power
: 50@6300

Brake Type (front)
: Ventilated 13.6-inch disc

Brake Type (rear)
: Ventilated 12.2-inch disc

Steering System
: Electric speed-proportional power steering

Recommended Fuel
: Premium unleaded

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