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HPerformance creates potent project out of Mk5 VW Golf R32

If you love your old-school hot hatches, you’ll like what HPerformance has done with a Mk4 Volkswagen Golf R32 here.

HPerformance Mk4 VW Golf R32

The R32 was the flagship variant in the Golf range at the time, before being named simply the Golf R like today’s model. There was a very good reason the car was called the R32 though; the 3 and 2 represent the engine size.

Yep, these little things came with a 3.2-litre V6 nestled under the bonnet. Output isn’t 177kW and 320Nm as it used to be. This particular example has a HPA EFR550 turbocharger bolted up.

Output now maxes out at a whopping 404kW of power and an equally tyre-ripping 730Nm of torque. The tuning firm hasn’t mentioned anything about performance figures, but we’d be guessing the 0-100km/h sprint comes up well under the factory 6.6-second time.

To keep the rest of the hot hatch looking as muscular as it goes, there’s a set of 19-inch HRE alloy wheels. A KW coilover suspension kit brings the body down nicely, with H&R stabilisers ensuring optimum handling.

HPerformance Volkswagen Golf R32

Some changes are also made to the body for a more exclusive look, including a chunky bodykit with unique front and rear bumper bars, and matching side skirts.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.