Back in January 2005, SCC got a press release from Volkswagen. "NBC Universal, a leading media and entertainment company, and Volkswagen, one of the world's leading car companies," the release read, "announced the creation of a multi-year global marketing alliance today. As part of the partnership, Universal will incorporate Volkswagen's products and brand, in its film, DVD, worldwide theme parks, and other entertainment properties." So if you want to know why there are VWs in Tokyo Drift, that's why.
VW supplied the production with four prototype R32s, months ahead of their official worldwide launch. Two of them were already converted to rear-wheel drive only for drifting duty and already equipped with things like Lamborghini-style scissor doors. In fact, of all the cars owned by the production company, these were the only ones that went through filming essentially untouched by the Tokyo Drift transportation department. And they were, by far, the ones closest to stock (including the 18-inch wheels).
The 3.2-liter, 24-valve V-6 that is standard in the R32 is rated at 250 horsepower at the crank and on the DynoJet, the rear-drive R32 showed 210.9 wheel-hp. Close to expectations for an untouched car. The 208.2 lb-ft of peak torque at 2950 rpm was also close to expectations. In short, except that it was rear drive, it was very much an R32.
At the test track, what showed up wasn't one of the rear-drive R32s, but one that still carried all its all-wheel-drive equipment. So it ran like a stock R32, loping to 60 mph in 6.14 seconds and completing the quarter-mile in 14.37 seconds at 94.31 mph. Not a lot of drama there.
The R32 is an undeniably wonderful car whether there are two or four driven wheels underneath it. And if the fourth film happens to be The Fast & The Furious: Fahrvergnugen Drift, we expect it to have a more prominent role.
Volkswagen R32 (Euro)
Engine Code: BJS
Type: 3189cc V-6, aluminum head and cast-iron block
External Mods: Stock
Engine Management Mods: Stock
Layout: Transverse front engine, rear-wheel drive
Drivetrain Mods: VW/Haldex rear-wheel-drive conversion
Tires: Toyo Proxes T1R, 225/40ZR18
Body: LSD door conversion, CF hood