If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on the hottest version of VW’s hot hatch, it’s time to act. Because the Golf R has been dropped from the lineup. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that the Golf Sportwagen and Golf Alltrack will no longer be offered in the United States.
Until the next generation of the venerable hot hatch — known as the Mk8 — is released, buyers will get to choose between a single trim for the standard Golf, and two trims for the e-Golf and more potent GTI.
While we can’t say we’re thrilled with the news, we should point out that any flavor of the Golf is a engaging, fun, and practical vehicle. But the Golf R is something special. Here’s what our own Derek Shiekhi had to say about his week with the sporty GTI SE:
After slipping into the sporty yet comfortable driver’s seat, we pressed the starter button for the 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI in front of us. A deep, throaty hum from the quad exhaust filled our ears. Every chance we had, we turned the flat-bottom wheel to guide ourselves to an open straightaway and spun the blue needle on the tachometer to the right of the dial. The resulting blat from that quartet of pipes out back was addictive.
On paper, the Golf R generates 292 horsepower and 280 lbft of torque. In person, it feels more powerful than those numbers would lead you to believe it is. Like a first-time skydiver with their parachute’s ripcord, the all-wheel-drive Golf R pulls. Hard.
We don’t know about you, but to us? That baby sounds like a total blast.
Here’s hoping that the next-generation of the Golf R will come to our shores. But if you want to hedge your bets, we’d recommend visiting your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealer pronto to secure one pronto.