I compared the MSRP of 4-door manual cars before destination: 2011 GTI Autobahn 4-door 6MT at $30,535 vs. $36,090 for Golf R 4-door).
Since the GTI Autobahn comes with nearly all the features of the 4-door R (KESSY, Dynaudio, nav, sunrrof, etc.), I think this is the list of stuff you are paying $5,555 extra for:
- stronger 2.0T engine
- Haldex AWD system
- Slight interior trim differences (blue gauge needles, steering wheel, seat trim, etc.)
- Different design 18" wheels
- Unique front and rear fascia
- Exclusivity and higher resale value down the line
Considering that one is likely going to have to pay full sticker for the R while the GTI can be had at some discount, it seems to me that the real-world $6K price difference makes the R less than a slam dunk case. Have I missed some features that the R has over an Autobahn GTI?