"You might expect that the R and GTI would share an engine, only differing in tune, but you’d be mistaken. The GTI’s Audi-developed EA888 2.0-liter turbo four is not yet sturdy enough to handle the power and torque required for the Golf R, so the burlier model keeps the older, VW-developed EA113 engine"
just came back from sitting in the euro spec R at the NY auto show. It was quite nice, and I do think it will look nice in my driveway. I just have to decide if having AWD et al R nice-ities & exclusivity outweigh the fact that I want a DSG and cloth/alcantara over leather. If the R interior looked like the S-line A3 on the inside (w/DSG paddles of course), i'd have zero doubt.
Europe gets the cool cars and we get a new factory in Tennessee that'll produce cheapened, watered down and ugly cars that will "appeal" to the US market. That's VW's approach to marketing, get used to it. If you want something with all-wheel drive with a DSG type transmission, get an Audi.
Myself and several other MKIV R32 owners talked with VWOA reps during some really cool meets and such; and this is what we wanted. NOT what people NOT paying wanted.
to further clarify, and this was a major realization for myself .......VWOA is basically a huge car dealership for America. VWOA goes to VW and begs to get this kinda car for our market. The optioning and such are key to justify the expected run of said cars to make a profit. With an "expected" run of 5000 units for the US that is exactly why the R will come damn near fully loaded just as before. I believe we are looking at 2 option levels this time around. MKIV had a sunroof and leather option. Seems lame as hell to me, but this is about how it works. VWOA is a giant car dealership and they sell what they coax out of VW.
the new golf r just doesn't set my soul on fire like the mk4 r32 did. why not just call it a 4motion gti? in essence that's what it is. the "r" title should be reserved for something special and this just isn't it. the vr6 is dead, but audi has proven the 2.5 to be a real gem. volkswagen, PLEASE give us the 2.5! better yet, audi, send us the rs3!
'02 337 APR III+ / '95.5 urs6 / '83 ur quattro / '05 CTS-V / '06 Yukon Denali