But of course - the Volkswagen R32 carried over into the fifth generation of the Golf/Rabbit hatchback, with the same powerful engine and with on-demand all-wheel drive.
You know, for a car of such limited availability, I sure do see a lot of them! :-D I must keep seeing the same ones, be it on the street or at shows like Terryville.
This R32 has its hood open, the better to see the 3.2-liter V6 with, my dear. The sixth-generation Golf R model has a two-liter four-cylinder turbo that actually produces more power than its bigger six-cylinder cousin.
The "R" stands for "rally." The R32 and the Golf R are descendants of the Rallye Golf of the second generation. The late Volkswagen of America executive Jim Fuller wanted that all-wheel drive, supercharged Golf in American VW dealerships, but it was deemed too expensive to sell in the U.S. The Mark 2 Rallye Golf sold for 50,000 deutschmarks in Germany, or about 32,000 U.S. dollars. In the late eighties and early nineties, that was way too much for a VW.
Even if you were German.