• Oct 28, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Volkswagen R32

The Volkswagen R32 has a die-hard following here in the States. Unfortunately for the sprightly hatchback's groupies, you'll have to head overseas if you want a 2009 model. Volkswagen spokesman Thomas Wegehaupt confirmed the R32's early exit out of the U.S., which means the original 5,000-unit allotment of hot hatches will be the only current-generation R32s to make it Stateside. Part of the reason for the discontinued R32 could have something to do with next year's arrival of the MK VI Golf Rabbit, which will be followed by a new GTI and possibly another R32.

The folks over at Kicking Tires say there are still 276 '08 models left in the US, so there are a few chances left to pick an R32 up. The remaining copies of the $32,995 hatch has $2,000 on the hood, too, so those last examples come at a discount. Is a 250-hp Golf with AWD worth a $31,000 entry price when the GTI is almost as fast for nearly $10,000 less? That may have something to do with the fact that we won't have an '09 R32 in the first place.


[Source: Kicking Tires]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't VW phasing out the 3.2 VR6 sometime around the '09.5 model year?
      The EOS, no more 3.2

      Audi still has the 3.2 in the A3, but they added Haldex to the 2.0t.
      TT, still has the 3.2 VR6 for now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow i paid less for my G8 GT

      i like its AWD but it is not very fast for a V6 stuffed into it
        • 6 Years Ago
        As a matter of fact, I helped a friend buy an R32 in April, and then I helped another friend buy a G8 GT in July. They wanted different things in their cars, so I recommended the best car for each. Both love their cars, and I've driven both quite a bit.

        Go and drive an R32. You'll find out why people like it. Its an anomaly -- an enigma. Statistically it is laughable, but if you go and experience one, its a different story. Its simply more ... rewarding ... to be inside of than other cars in the price range.

        That said, the G8 is more extroverted and statistically par. Both are great. I think the R is a bit faster on a track though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Especially if it came with the same powertrain, complete with the DSG.

      Call me greedy, but I want both.

      Though I'd really prefer if the R32 came as a 5dr, it's available that way overseas. We just can't seem to get the best versions here.

      The MkIV was available overseas with DSG and also as a 5dr, but only as a 6spd 3dr here without even a DSG option. Now, we get the DSG with no 6spd option, but still only the 3dr.

      If I really had my way, I'd prefer a MkIV 5dr R32 with the DSG. It's far better looking than the MkV version IMO.

      Here are some pics of one for sale somewhere in Britain, but not DSG.
      http://www.r32oc.com/sale/2874-mk4-r32-5-door-sale.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd much rather buy a GTI, throw on a set of 18s and get a Revo ECU tune.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually 'own' this car and love it.

      I've been driving manuals all my life and I must say the DSG rocks. It's the best auto I've ever driven. You can't feel the shifts.

      The car looks great and after 18k miles I still haven't come across any issues. It's fast enough, it handles well and feels rock solid. Plus it seats four comfortably and there's plenty of room in the back for my two pups.

      I love this car. No regrets what so ever...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've never understood the R32. Even $32K is no great deal, and it's not really as fast as it should be, and I can't explain why.

      Put an LSD in the GTI and dump the R32.

      I was stopped at a light next to an R32 just 10 minutes ago, by chance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The reason for it's slowness is fairly obvious. 3600lbs, 250hp. That's like a Speed3, pulling a trailer, with a flat tire. I'm not even kidding.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, bias much? I think they're great cars, and it's nice to see something different now and then.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still think you should get an A3 3.2 quattro for the same money, it is the exact same car with a way better interior.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The R32 and the A3 3.2 use the same VR6.
        MikeJ
        • 6 Years Ago
        How are they the same? A 3.2 Audi sourced conventional V6 is not the same as a VW sourced 3.2 VR6.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It may be confusing since Audi does also use a 3.2L normal V6, but the 3.2L in the A3 is in fact a VR6.

        Since the A3(and TT) share a platform with the Golf(Rabbit) and others, They also share the engines and it's also why the other Audi models don't use the VR6.

        Plus, it's a Longitudinal engine, not a Transverse engine like all the other Audi models use. The A4, A5 and A6 may be FWD based(the A8 is too, but is only AWD in the US), but they use an engine orientation normally associated with RWD cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      to Clarify 276 left in Cars.com's national inventory, not VW's. They could have many more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...please don't flame me for this --> it's a legitimate question:

      Why would someone by this car for $32k, when a 350Z starts at $31k?

      (In my opinion, this thing looks all-kinds-of-boxy vs, the Z's slick exterior...)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because the Z's slick exterior is for slick guys, slick guy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's got a very useable rear seat :). It's also AWD. I'd put it in a completely different class than a 350Z.

        This car has been called a 'gentleman's sports car'. Having driven both, it has a much more refined interior than the Z.

        But, this is more of the business-sports-car, not the college-sports-car. You can carry around clients, kids, roommates. Very versatile.

        That being said - a GTI does all of this except drive the rear wheels :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      We never get anything...........
      • 6 Years Ago
      No big loss. I drove one (same exact color). It's essentially an Audi TT V6 Quattro which is a slower cousin of the uninspiring Audi S4. You can take all three back to Germany and to the drawing boards. I'd like to see VW/Audi come up with a rear wheel drive, lighter weight performance model in each of these lines or do something to decrease the weight of their Quattro system which (to someone in the south who would only ever benefit from the handling characteristics) makes these vehicles feel like dogs.
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