What happens when you lose a drag race against a GTI in your all new Golf R32? Well, in this owner’s case, you immediately got down to business supercharging your VR6 engine to make sure it never happens again. So it all started for this South African Golf R32 owner who has owned his MK5 Golf R32 since its inception in 2009. Since then a lot has happened resulting in a 1000 horsepower monster that can take lunch money from a Porsche 911 Turbo.
Golf R32 owner Jacque De Beer wasn’t exactly thrilled when his all-new Golf R32 was beaten by a modest GTI in a drag race when it was in stock and barely had a few miles. This loss led De Beer to supercharge the 3.2-liter narrow-angle V6, known as the VR6, to make sure he had no problem beating the GTIs in drag racing. After years of development and fine-tuning, the current state of his car may look stock on the outside, but its performance is far superior to what VW advertised for the Mk5 R32.
The original MKV Golf R32 was the last year VW installed the VR6 engine in the Golf. The MKV Golf R32 was produced from 2005 to 2008 in limited quantities. Meanwhile, turbocharging has seen massive improvements with each new model released. That meant the better Golf R32 dog was barely faster than the more affordable GTI.
This was mainly caused by the extra weight of the heavy VR6 engine which negated the extra power delivered in the R32. The 3.2-liter VR6 engine produced 247 horsepower (184 kilowatts) and 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters) of torque which was transmitted via a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission and ultimately hit the roadway via a Haldex all-wheel drive. . system.
Luckily, De Beer’s R32 doesn’t have to worry about GTIs and regularly beats Nissan GTRs, Porsche 911 Turbos, and BMW M3s in drag races. Now De Beer is aiming for a 9-second quarter-mile time, which is more than quick for a practical sedan.