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Red hot Golf R32 pushes hatch limits

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Volkswagen is taking the fight to its rivals by unveiling the most powerful production Golf ever. The R32 produces 240bhp at 6250rpm from its 3.2-litre V6 engine.

The unit, which is mated to a six-speed 'box, also offers generous amounts of low-speed torque with 236lb-ft ready for use at 2800rpm. This means the R32 can make 62mph from standstill in 6.4 seconds and boasts a top speed of 152mph. Compared with the standard Golf, the R32 has a 30mm lower suspension, 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, large air inlets, redesigned sills and a redesigned rear bumper.

Interior trim features include aluminium-brushed racing-style pedals and gearstick. Climate control, ESP, Xenon headlights, ABS, four airbags and rain sensor wipers are standard.

The R32 is only available as a three-door hatchback and will be sold in limited numbers from the autumn. Volkswagen will announce prices closer to launch.

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