I don't think the question is whether or not it will make it into production... every R concept has so far. The questions that are relevant to us are:
1. Will it come to the US?
2. Will it be AWD?
3. Will it use a 6MT or DSG?
4. Would you pay as much as $38,000 (the price of a loaded 2 door Golf R) out the door to own one?
They can't even make one loaded Turbo yet (gauges, HID, sunroof, sport suspension, 19") so forget about them being capable of piecing together an R that isn't a concept. I wouldn't expect too much news until they can get past their current launch issues.
VW is good on creating interesting, buildable, sellable concepts that may never see the light of day.
I asked Jaime a week or so ago and the current word is that it seems that the Golf R/TTS 2.0T won't work in the Beetle due to cooling issues. They are instead looking at putting the 3.6l VR6 (which makes 280 or 300hp depending on the application) in the car in a FWD configuration. They already have test mules out with that configuration.
cost you. Starting with upgrading all your mounts and bushings to the 75 durometer (strength
level) that currently is in the 'already here' Golf R. Then having APR apply their Stage I upgrade to
bring hp up to 250+ and torque to 297 while adding their Carbonio Intake. Stage II by APR
will then have you upgrade the Backpipe and Downpipe Exhaust Assembly. 'Throatier' sounding
'Cat Backs' are presently in development at both APR and Borla. They should be available
very soon. APR also has a 'short shifter' for 6 speed manual transmissions that has been
developed in conjunction with VW Racing. Further recommendations would be to have steel
braided brake hoses added for much faster, better stopping, as well as switching to a much
more 'heat' effective brake fluid. P.S. - I'm also assuming you have the Turbo Beetle's sport
suspension. If not, an upgrade to that area should be done as well. APR also offers a replacement
intercooler that adds almost three times more air cooling capacity than the oem one. The
benefit of this upgrade will become evident when doing spirited driving on hot, muggy days, for
it will allow you to avoid the sluggish responses all cars with smaller intercoolers have at those
Last edited by ridgemanron; 05-31-2012 at 09:27 AM.