03MAR2007

 

Some of the reported differences between the 2004 VW Golf R32 (MkIV) and the 2008 R32 (MkV):

 

        The US-spec MkV has same power as US-spec MkIV (250hp)

        MkV is 300lbs heavier.

        MkV is 12 seconds slower around the Nurburgring than the EU-spec MkIV (which is less powerful than US-spec MkIV).

        MkV has DSG only.

        MkV has Gen 2 Haldex to the MkIV's Gen1. Reportedly pretty comparable to Gen 1 + HPP.

        MkV is like 2-3 inches taller, and looks it.

        MkIV has deep dark black grills up front.

        MkV has sun catching black horizontal slats in the lower grills and a shiny center grill/bumper, similar to the MkV Jetta. (brushed al instead of chrome, but similar first impression).

        MkIV has totally R32 specific interior with custom seats, and R logos throughout (wheel, pedal covers, door sills, front and rear seats).

        MkV pretty much has GTI interior.

        MkV has new pedestrian friendly higher hood, with matching higher dash, higher window lines et cetera.

        MkV has $1800 NAV option.

        MkV base price is $1000 more than MkIV was, and dealers are already busy price gouging (they learned from their mistake with the MkIV).

        MkIV has widely spaced exhaust tips.

        MkV has center exhaust tips, positioned about where your ankles are when you open the hatch.

        MKV has HID's.

        MKV has steering wheel controls.

        MKV has a donut spare.

        MKV has battery in trunk.