• Mar 16, 2010
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Ever since Volkswagen pulled the wraps off of the Golf R and Scirocco R, it was rumored that the automaker would be creating a separate R division, solely focused around creating new performance models, as well as special design packages. The new company, Volkswagen R GmbH, will take on the responsibilities of developing, implementing and selling R-badged products henceforth.

By making R GmbH its own separate division, we'd expect to see more R-badged products hitting the streets in the near future. The new Passat CC R-Line is already on sale in Europe, and the rumormill is buzzing about a possible Jetta R, previewed by the New Compact Coupe concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The Golf R is expected to arrive in North America next year, and we sincerely hope that R GmbH delivers more products our way shortly thereafter. Hit the jump for Volkswagen's official press release.



[Source: Volkswagen]
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Volkswagen R GmbH in the starting blocks

Wolfsburg, 16 March 2010 - The Volkswagen R GmbH will be the specialist for sporty exclusive models from Volkswagen in the future. Volkswagen AG has bundled the responsibilities and competencies for development, implementations and sales of individualised vehicle offers into Volkswagen R GmbH. For example, its portfolio includes the two new top models, the Scirocco R und the Golf R as well as the dynamic R Line design packages and luxurious Volkswagen Exclusive items.

"Our vehicles contribute to the emotionalisation and growth of Volkswagen brand," explained Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter, General Manager of Volkswagen R GmbH.

The company's name, Volkswagen R GmbH, responds to the increased global demand for individualised vehicles with contemporary sportiness and exclusivity. The sporty positioning will be reflected more intensely in the programme of Volkswagen R in the mid and long term. The company has its headquarters in Warmenau near Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen R GmbH employs a staff of more than 350.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the Routan-R
      • 4 Years Ago
      One R Sportwagen please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give us the Scirocco, or give us death! Well, maybe not death... -The Yanks
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are they looking to attract more golfing pirates with the GolfRRRRRRR?

      Will VW use a Creedence Clearwater Revival song in their commercials for the CC R?

      So many unanswered questions!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh, get a screwdriver and ebay the junk you don't want. If you really want a simple car get a Caterham and quit yer crying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring me a Polo Gti R and I'd be quite happy! Oh and that means bringing it to N/A VW so get on it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will volvo sue? They have been using the "R" moniker for their so called "performance" car since 1994. Anyway VW needs to be more creative in picking name for their perfrmance division. Out of millions of options they pick one of the most overused letter of the alphabet to represent something "sporty" and "peformance" oriented.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can you really protect a single letter?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This had better be hitting us stateside!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Scorch

        The new Impreza Sti and Lancer don't seem to be selling as well as their predecesors. I still see plenty of older Sti's but almost no newer ones. The Lancer is basically non existent. I think that Subaru and Mits have priced them above the market for those that would be interested in them. I love the GTI and plan to get one when I am able but I have no faith that VW will hold the price down on the new R. I just can't justify spending what will be more than likely an additional 10 K for all wheel drive and 65 more hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Eric:

        Why is that so hard to believe? People pay over $40k for hopped up Subaru Imprezas and Mitsubishi Lancers and neither hides its economy car roots particularly well. Assuming it performs well within its class I don't know why it would sell any worse than the other suped up economy cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Eric, what are you talking about? Even R32 sold for more or less 30K, so R20 or any other Golf should not be more than that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        mini's exceed 40k, the a3 can exceed 40k, neither ar as quick as the golf R so you can stop that bs, esp as the mini's a lot cheaper inside and a lot less useful. golf R will start around 30k, just as the MkV did, just as the MkIV did. I love the idea of a S3 and il'll love a Golf R for substantially less than an S3 and less than a base A3 with Quattro, and less than a TT-S. Win Win for anyone who enjoys quick german hatches.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And no one will buy it when they see the price. 40 plus K for a hopped up Golf. No thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @turbomonkey:

      So i guess the car in the link would also be good for Porsche or Ferrari owners that request an "interior delete" option, am I correct? I guess the new Porsche Boxster Spyder with no A/C or radio is too much for you. You, sir, need an Audi. There are no lack of features on the A8. Heck, you might even forget about driving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We can only hope and pray the Golf R does make it across the pond (with a 6-speed and 4-doors!).

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=4744149
      • 4 Years Ago
      so are they just piggy backing off Audis performance division?
        • 4 Years Ago
        nah, read the blurb or the press release, they'll be their own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Routan R that is.
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