We recently had some fun in the new Golf R, and would be ecstatic if Volkswagen would bring the R32-successor stateside. It seems VW shares our mentality, but currency exchange rates are throwing a monkey wrench into the matter.
"We'd love to have it, but it's a question now of euros versus dollars," VW spokesman Steve Keyes told The New York Times.
The automaker believes it may have trouble whittling down the cost of the blazing hatchback, which is priced at $48,674 in Germany, to a point deemed "acceptable" in our market. That said, you do get what you pay for. The Golf R is an all-wheel-drive hatchback, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 267 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Those figures are 17 horsepower and 22 pound feet more torque than the most recent R32, which utilized a naturally aspirated 3.2-liter V-6. In 2008, the R32 carried a sticker price of $32,990.
It may be difficult to sell an average customer on a hot-rod Golf with a sticker price that high, but Volkswagen is well aware it has a loyalist fan base in this country. Will we see the R? For now, Volkswagen insists the matter is "still up in the air."
Source: The New York Times