Now available for auction is this 2004 Volkswagen R32 finished in Tornado Red. Limited to 5,000 examples for the U.S. market, the R32 was introduced as the pinnacle of Volkswagen’s R-line family with only 500 cars ever finished in Tornado Red. In addition to its rare factory color, this 2004 example highlights extensive performance upgrades including a UnitedMotorsports tune, KW coilover suspension and an AP Racing big brake kit. Representing one of the most iconic and beloved hot hatchbacks of all time, this R32 is now being offered in excellent running order by its seller in Connecticut while showing approximately 60k miles on the odometer.
The rare Tornado Red finish on this R32 is said to be in good overall condition with normal road-going wear, although some clearcoat delamination issues have been reported as is typical on nearly every Tornado Red example (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery). The hood and front bumper were replaced under the current ownership and full ceramic coating is said to have been applied within the last 4 years. A removable black vinyl wrap has also been applied over the roof in addition to 35% tint on all windows except the windshield. Exterior features include OEM roof bars, red painted rear brake calipers and original 18” Aristo wheels which are shown to be in great shape with tires dated from 2013.
The black interior is reported to be in good condition with only minor wear indicated on the driver’s seat bolster. An aftermarket P3 multi-gauge has been installed along with a Pioneer AVIV touch screen head unit, upgraded Alpine speakers and a Blackview front/rear camera system. Other modifications include a Euro Kreations rear seat delete cover, a Black Forest Industries shift knob in blue Alcantara and a custom upholstered steering wheel in Alcantara with blue stitching. All gauges, electrical component and accessories are stated to be fully functional and the seller notes that the pedals and floor mats were recently replaced with OEM parts.
The R32 is coveted for its 3.2 L DOHC 24-valve VR6 engine which sends 237 HP stock to all four wheels by way of a 6-speed manual transmission. The Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive system strategically delivers power to the rear wheels when front traction is lost, providing for an enhanced grip around corners. This example also features high end performance upgrades including the following:
Proper routine maintenance has been carried out by the VW specialists at Tyrolsport including a new radiator and coolant flange in 2018 as well as major 60k mile service within the last 2 years which included a Haldex oil change. This R32 is said to drive beautifully with a collection of service records dating back to the original owner.
This sale will include a set of 2 keys, owner’s books, extensive service records, an air compressor, jack and OEM roof bars. Do not miss out on your opportunity to get behind the wheel of this rare Tornado Red Volkswagen R32.