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

*      HIDs: NO

*      Headlamp washers: NO (since we're not getting HIDs)

*      Bumper rub strips: NO

*      Climatronic: YES

*      Moonroof: YES

*      Rain- and Speed-sensitive windshield wipers: YES

*      MFA digital display in the instrument cluster: YES

*      Cold weather package: YES and that includes:

*      Heated seats

*      Heated mirrors

*      Heated windshield washer nozzles

 

*      Trim: bushed aluminum

*      Headliner: black

*      Navigation System: NO

 

*      Umbrella: NO

*      Keychain and Pen: yes

*      R32 for Canada: NO

*      4-door model: NO (only some in Europe)

*      Arrival date in the US: late January to February

*      MSRP = $29,100 base + $575 dest. charge

 

Some other changes to the US model from the European model. (courtesy ricsR32a)

 

*      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.

*      US front bumper is smooth without the Euro plate box. Rear plate box sized to US plate.

*      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.

*      No alcantara seat option in the US.

*      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)