• Oct 7, 2009
2010 Volkswagen Golf R20 - click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen unveiled the new high-zoot R version of the MK VI Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, but it declined to say whether Americans would ever get a chance to buy one. Fans of the R32 will likely be clamoring for the new R20 if does make it to our shores, in part because of the 400 pounds it has shed.

While we are here in Wolfsburg today to drive VW's more pedestrian Golf varietals, we had a chance to follow up on the R20 possibility for America. First, we asked VW of America CEO Stefan Jacoby, who told us it was being studied and that no decision had yet been reached about the R20 for America. A little later, we talked with Andres Valbuena who happens to be the U.S. product planner for the Golf, GTI and New Beetle. That means he guides the direction of the Golf in this country. To give you some perspective on where Andres stands on this subject, his personal ride back home in Virginia is a 2004 edition R32 with an added blower, so word that Valbuena is pushing hard to get the R20 should come as no surprise. Further, if it does cross the Pond, he wants it available in both two- and four-door bodystyles with a choice of manual or DSG transmissions.

If the R20 does make it here, odds are VW won't be able to justify two powertrains given the expected low volumes. In that event, Valbuena tells us he prefers the manual, but regardless, all R20s would be equipped with all-wheel drive. Working in the R20's favor is the fact that this is essentially the powertrain from the Audi TT-S which has both gearbox options. Hopefully, we'll have a decision from Wolfsburg within a year. If you want the R20 in your local VW showroom, make your voice heard in the comments because the automaker is listening.







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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd buy a 6 speed or DSG FOUR DOOR AWD R NOW if it's available. We need four doors 270hp turbo four hatch and the pics look great - be sure to price around 30k - leather not instead those cool cloth seats in the Tiguan!! Need Bluetooth and iPod standard manual A/C is fine sunroof OPTIONAL PLEASE! Xenon headlights nice and euro suspension on 18"'s!

      Give me a reason to sell my BMW and come back to VW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd be one of the people in line, more than likely. At least, since it seems like you're not going to bring the Scirocco over...

      Oh yeah, manual, 4-door
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear God VW Bring this over without diluting it ! I'm willing to pay S4 prices !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, please. Manual transmission, four (five?) door for me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, with a real manual transmission would be perfect.

        And try to keep the wheel size in check, okay? Race tires for 18" wheels (or larger...) are expensive! It's the one of the two things I dislike about my Mazdaspeed 3 (FWD is the other).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Me too I WANT A MANUAL ONE. dsg is fast, but the R model is a high end model for the ENTHUSIAST. if you want to give use something nice, make it so we can actually "drive" it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would trade my 2007 GTI in on this in a heartbeat. AWD + GTI = sold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please bring me a 4-door manual R20 :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm waiting anxiously to trade in my 2007 GTI for the R20. Please VWOA don't make me have to go to Germany. Bring it across the Atlantic...with a six speed manual.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i would trade in my lancer and buy one tomorrow
      • 5 Years Ago
      dsg, 5 doors, mkIV body shell ktnxbai
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would sell both my mustang my jetta vr6 and a kidney or two to get ahold of a 3 door with a manual
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have owned MANY vw’s – the last of which was the anniversary GTI. Living in a crowded city I would love to see the DSG as 4 miles an hour in rush hour traffic is a real pain with a stick at times
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd trade my A4 in a heart beat. 4 Door/ 6SP/ NAV/ Recaro/ Climitronic
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm interested, but only if its AWD with a 6-speed MANUAL. And hopefully $25k or so. The R32 was nice, but it was almost $35k..
        • 5 Years Ago
        $25k thats GTI money. No way thats happening
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