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First details of most powerful Golf

Volkswagen has today unveiled first details and images of the most powerful production Golf to date, the new R32.

The second generation high performance, four-wheel drive Golf will make its international debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, ahead of a UK launch in November.

The new model is powered by a development of Volkswagen’s 3.2-litre narrow-angle V6 petrol engine, this time uprated to 250PS, from 241PS.

Externally, the R32 is distinguished from the rest of the Golf range, including the stand-alone GTI with an aluminium full-length grille, centrally-positioned twin exhaust pipes, darkened rear lenses, new front spoiler with imposing air scoops, plus a full-depth painted rear bumper.

Inside the instruments, sports seats, aluminium pedals, gear knob and steering wheel have their own distinct look. Racing-style Recaro bucket seats will be offered as an option.

Standard equipment will be the most comprehensive of any model in the Golf range, and will include bi-xenon headlights, as well as 2Zone Climatronic air conditioning, a ten-speaker audio system and rain sensor wipers with auto-dimming rear view mirror.

Sales of the original Golf R32, based on the Mk IV Golf, reached 2,300 in the UK.The new generation is expected to follow its predecessor’s sales success.

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