• Apr 12th 2008 at 9:34AM
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It was only a matter of time before Abt got its hands on a Volkswagen R32. The hot hatch is no slouch in stock form with 250 horsepower, but Abt has boosted output to 370 bhp via a supercharger complete with a water-cooled intercooler. This knocks the 0-60 mph time down to 5.0 seconds flat and raises the top speed to 167 mph. Abt has also fitted the R32 with an adjustable sport suspension, as well as 19-inch BR wheels. Follow the jump for the press release.

[Source: Abt Sportline]


The R32 is already designed as a super sports car. People who buy this Golf want an extremely fast compact car. A racing car in golf's clothing, suitable for every day use. ABT has put such an extraordinary car on dynamic 19-inch BR-wheels: instead of serial 250hp (184kW) the ABT R32 now delivers enormous 370hp (272kW). This immense plus in power of 120hp is possible thanks to a modified motor management and the use of the ABT compressor kit combined with a water-cooled intercooler. All components are tuned perfectly to the potent V6 by the Kempten engineers, and therefore offer permanently impressing driving values: for example, the ABT R32 sprints from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.0 seconds, compared to 6.2 seconds for the serial R32. The top speed is more than 270km/h. Particularly impressing is how the tuned engine is getting it on: the six-cylinder engine accelerates just as smoothly as powerfully in every rpm-range. „The R32 is as much fun on the motor way as on winding country roads", explains Hans-Jürgen Abt. Small wonder, as the Kempten Golfer is equipped with the ABT adjustable sports suspension harmonizing perfectly with the 370 horses of the V6.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The Haldex system has been holding up pretty well.
      HPA has been building 550hp Twin Turbo R32 for a while now.
      they do 0-60 in 3.2
      but they cost an arm and a leg.

      wonder what that car would do on the Ring?


      • 7 Years Ago
      This looks like a photochop. Look at the wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This R32 from Abt is nothing special. There are since years much more hardcore versions of it avaible in Europe.


      currently the fastest hatchback in the world. Set new topspeed record last year during a tuner highspeed test at Nardo Italy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ops forgott the technical data..

        640hp 6950rpm
        800Nm 3800rpm
        0-100km/h (62mph) 3.6s
        0-160km/h (100mph) 6.8s
        0-200km/h (125mph) 9.9s
        0-300km/h (187mph) 28.3s
      • 7 Years Ago
      It does look like a photochop, but I don't think it is. I would be scared going 167mph in a car like that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the MKV chassis is incredibly solid at speed. I've hit 160 (speedo, 147 gps) in a chipped 2.0T on the I-90. Pretty fun.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why would you be scared doing that speed in such a car? Just because it's a hatchback you don't trust it at high speeds? Have you ever driven a modern small/midsize hatchback?

        At that, the stock R32 is already limited at 155mph.
        • 7 Years Ago
        heh i remember having a Toyota FX-16 which is basically the same car just a foot or so shorter, and it has watertight compartments in the back seat area that were seemingly made to hold a 6pack of beer >.< Not to mention it had a turbo button lol

        But yea, little hatchbacks with lots of horsepower are loads of fun :) Didn't the R32 set a record involving something about gforce going around a turn?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Something seems off, that much hp with that weight should be faster to 60.

      Also my understanding of the DSG is that it can only take 250 lbtf of torque.
        • 7 Years Ago
        in the Passat R36 the 6 speed DSG has to handle more than 250ft.lbs. in stock trimm..so your understanding is wrong
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another American car blog, another stupid argument over 0-60 times....

      Remember, the VW Golf is a solid, well-built car. It's no flimsy lightweight.

      And remember also European cars typically have higher gearing to make them more comfortable at high speed on the autobahn.

      This car will have phenomonal mid-range acceleration, which in the real world is far more important.

      • 7 Years Ago

      You know hot hatches seem to the new muscle cars. The muscle car formula of the sixties was to drop in a huge high powered engine in a normal sized car which meant great power to weight ratios and insane performance. Today the hot hatches follow a similar formula. So perhaps the hot hatches are the spiritual successors of the hot hatches.
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