Tuesday, November 21, 2006

R32 Adverts

I own a fifth generation Volkswagen R32 :

so was amused to see these adverts appear recently:

I was not so amused to see that what is supposed to be the most powerful production Golf has a potential rival, the R GTI:

Whereas the R32 has 250 bhp, the R GTI has 400 bhp! Mine does 0 - 62mph (0 - 100 km/h) in 5.8 seconds, this beast can do it in 3.8 seconds. The biggest problem with the R GTI will be grip. The R32 solves this over the GTI by having larger, wider wheels driven through all four wheels (with an adaptive Haldex differential). With "only" 250 bhp, the R32's power-to-weight ratio is at the limit of what can practically be kept on the road. Often, with a quick start, the fronts will start to lose grip before the electronics throw all the power to the rears. So I'm not sure I'll be tempted by the R GTI. (Having said that, Volkswagen solved the problem with the most powerful production car, the 1000+ bhp Bugatti Veyron.) Perhaps, I'll be tempted by the other Golf-based car due in 2008, the Scirocco:

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