VWoA announced today the R32's return at the Chicago Auto Show....
The R32’s power comes from a 3.2 L naturally aspirated 15-degree narrow angle V6 engine. With 250 horsepower and 236 ft. lbs. of torque, the R32 is all muscle. The standard 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system transfers at least 75 percent of available torque to the rear wheels. Volkswagen’s acclaimed DSG® transmission allows for seamless gear changes and accelerates from 0-60 in approximately 6.4 seconds....I quoted most of the salient details, but there's more information in the original article. Like the 2004 R32, the U.S. will only be getting 5000 of the 2008 R32s.
Current GTI and R32 owners will be notified of the opening of an R32 micro-site on www.vw.com, concurrent with today’s introduction. An R32 prospect will complete a purchase interest form, thereby generating an R32 Certificate. The first 850 people who present an R32 Certificate along with a deposit to an authorized Volkswagen dealer, will be able to secure one of the first R32 vehicles to be delivered in August 2007.--VWvortex
I think the DSG transmission and Bi-xenon lamps are the only changes of any significance, and personally I'm not sure whether I'd still rather have a stick shift. It's hard for me to say as I haven't had a chance to try out a car with DSG. It also looks like the engine in the 2008 R32 is essentially the same as the 2004, 250-hp and 236 ft-lbs of torque. If you're bored, you can read my thoughts on the subject in a previous post.
Anywhoo, if you wanted a brand new R32, looks like you'll be getting another chance. :o)
Hmmm... it just occurred to me that the article doesn't mention whether Canada will be getting any 2008 R32s.