Get It While You Can: Volkswagen Golf R Discontinued for 2020
Volkswagen's hottest hatch is gone -- for now
Yesterday, Volkswagen announced changes to its lineup for the 2020 model year, which mainly revolved around standardizing active driver assistance tech. When we combed through the release, we noticed the Golf R wasn't outlined so we assumed that Volkswagen was either going to release a separate announcement or the car carried over unchanged. Unfortunately, neither of those are the case. The Volkswagen Golf R has been discontinued for 2020.
A Volkswagen spokesman confirmed to Automobile that the all-wheel-drive Golf R has officially ended production, leaving the Golf GTI as the hottest model. The Golf R is expected to return when the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf debuts. It's rumored to feature a more potent 2.0-liter turbo-four that reportedly makes well over 300 hp, giving the Golf R more separation from the Golf GTI, which could only see a minor power bump if any at all. An updated MQB platform will underpin the eighth-generation Golf family.
Earlier this year, we reported that the next-generation Golf Mk 8 might only come in two flavors when it arrives in the U.S., the Golf GTI and Golf R. Both models are confirmed to come Stateside but other models including the base Golf and wagon variants are still under consideration. Earlier this year, Volkswagen announced the discontinuation of the Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack, both of which will be replaced by a small crossover in the U.S. market. The all-electric e-Golf will be replaced by the ID hatchback.
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is expected to debut before the end of 2019. However, it will go on sale in Europe first, with North America and other markets to follow.