If the previous Golf R was anything to go by, the new Mk7 machine won't be quite what the Europeans are getting, and we'll have to wait a hell of a long time to even see it...
With the latest Mk6 GTI not being updated until the 2015 model year by a car that's already available in Europe, then who knows when we'll see the R version?
We also hate to disappoint you further, but it's unlike that either the car's 296hp engine or 0-62mph sprint in 4.9sec will remain intact. The current Golf R lost significant horsepower during its federalization to meet emissions, fuel supply and hot climate running. Sadly, that means the 300hp European version is unlikely to make it to the US unscathed. In fact, the high output version of the 2.0TSI engine isn't currently available in the US, so homologating it might prove too costly to even bring the car here at all!
We hate to bring bad news but low sales volume and high import costs mean exotic Volkswagens like the Golf R present a difficult business case when attempting to add them to the US model range.
For the moment, let's assume VW bites the bullet and imports the Mk7 R. We could probably expect around 280hp, with the European torque figure of 280 lb-ft dropping to around 260 lb-ft. However, it would keep the 4Motion AWD set-up that provides great traction under all conditions, making the R a popular tuning subject.
The car would also retain its distinctive air intakes in the unique front bumper and side sills, as well as the four chrome tailpipes and 18" wheels.
The transmission will be another interesting debate since the current Golf R is only available as a manual in the US, whereas the previous Mk5 R32 was only sold with DSG. Both restrictions limit the number of customers the car will appeal to, but only offering one transmission reduces the type-approval cost. So US customers are again unlikely to have a choice of both transmissions, but it remains to be seen what would be offered.
Despite everything, let's be optimistic and keep our fingers crossed for a positive announcement from VW of America that an unrestricted Mk7 Golf R will be available soon.