Additional info on the U.S.-spec R32 and differences with the Euro-spec. model (courtesy HiTechGTI)
DSG: NO (only 6-speed "traditional" manual stick shift, MQ350 transmission)
Gear ratios: same setup as euro-spec R32
Suspension: Springs are 10mm higher and rear shocks are slightly softer
Headlamp washers: NO (since we're not getting HIDs)
Bumper rub strips: NO
Rain- and Speed-sensitive windshield wipers: YES
MFA digital display in the instrument cluster: YES
Cold weather package: YES and that includes:
Heated windshield washer nozzles
Trim: bushed aluminum
Navigation System: NO
Keychain and Pen: yes
4-door model: NO (only some in
date in the
MSRP = $29,100 base + $575 dest. charge
Some other changes to the
Safety crash standards account for most of the weight increase from 3,265 to 3,409. Not such a big deal and hardly makes the car a stone.
Euro outside mirrors may be a tad smaller.
Side marker lights in front bumper to meet US regulations.
Since US-spec. has no headlight washers the bumper is smooth in that area, too.
Rear taillights not smoked.
alcantara seat option in the
US-spec R32's MAF is larger diameter (3" ID versus 2.75") and airbox is different. Best evidence suggests that US-spec R32's engine and intake are virtually identical to Audi TT3.2 (ie. 250hp instead of rated 240hp)