Turbocharged VW Golf Mk5 R32 Is An 800 PS Innocent-Looking Killer

Back when the Mercedes A-Class was still a weird small minivan and not a 381PS (376hp) rocket in its top guise, Volkswagen was near the top of the hot hatch food chain with the R derivatives of the Golf.

For the fifth generation of the compact car, the German car firm chose a 3.2-liter VR6 engine, which generated 250PS (246hp / 184kW) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque. The R32 had a rather short life span, coming out in 2005 and been discontinued three years later.

With permanent four-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual or an optional dual-clutch gearbox, the Mk5 Golf R32 was quite swift for the time. It took 6.5sec to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill with the stick shift, or 6.2sec with the automatic transmission, while top speed was limited at 250km/h (155mph) in both cases.

Also Watch: 1,250 HP Opel Kadett Will Make You Scream ‘Holy Mother Of All Sleepers’!

Volkswagen has since released the Mk6 and Mk7 iterations, and the Mk8 is coming next year. So, why all this talk about the Mk5? Well, that’s because we have recently come across an example that’s said to have a whopping 800PS (789hp / 589kW) produced by the tuned VR6 engine.

The mega hatch is more powerful than most modern supercars, and was filmed at an event in Germany recently, where it was raced against the clock in half-mile runs, reaching speeds of up to 259km/h (161mph).

The best part is that its exterior remains unmolested, which makes it a true sleeper – or wolf in sheep’s clothing, if you prefer.

  • Six_Tymes

    very cool. would love to own one

  • aaronbbrown

    No doubt you have to build a drivetrain and all wheel drive system that can handle this kind of power, I’d like to see that set up.

  • aaronbbrown

    Pretty unimpressive, and you have to put it on a trailer to get it there which means it’s not really a sleeper it’s a showpiece track car

    • Matt

      Uh the definition of ‘sleeper’ has nothing to do with whether it gets driven or trailered to track events…

  • NICE.

  • Bash

    I can live with that as my daily. That’s how much I love it.

  • chuck2

    doesnt sound like a sleeper..

    >No doubt you have to build a drivetrain and all wheel drive system that can handle this kind of power, I’d like to see that set up.

    Hes pretty much baby shifting it..

Hyundai RM19 Mid-Engine Sports Car Hiding Under Veloster N TCR Bodywork

The RM19 previews Hyundai N’s performance halo car that will feature a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.

2020 Fiat Cronos HGT Is South America’s Economy Sedan With A Sporty Twist

Inspired by the Argo HGT, the Fiat Cronos HGT trim level brings exclusive sporty design tweaks and more equipment.

Next-Generation Hyundai Tucson To Have A Santa Fe-Inspired Face

The next-generation Hyundai Tucson will be sold with a range of new powertrains.

Car Vending Machine Trialed In London With Renault Zoe Inside

The bespoke contactless car vending machine allows purchases of up to £21,000.

Porsche Invests In Short-Wave Infrared Sensor Technology

Porsche has purchased a minority stake in Israeli start-up company TriEye.

Land Rover Discovery Mobile Malaria Lab Completes Mission

This SVO-kitted Land Rover Discovery covered 4,567 miles across Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Laps Unfinished Gotland Ring

The 670 HP Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid lapped the unfinished Gotland Ring in 3:51 minutes.

Lexus ES 300h F Sport Brings Sharp Looks And Adaptive Suspension To Australia

Aside from the edgy styling and extra gear, the F Sport also gets Lexus’ five-mode Adaptive Variable Suspension.

Five Of VW’s Finest Vintage Coupes Taken To Sachsen Classic Rally

Among the VWs that attended the event were a Scirocco I SL and a Karmann Ghia Type 14.

2020 Kia Mohave Reveals Stylish And Massively Upgraded Interior

Set to launch in Korea in September, the new Mohave is much more modern and jammed with high-end features.