Completely agree with you, this is just another R. The 2500 dollar cost of allowing you to choose a different color doesn't make it a collectors item. If it truly was a collectors car, it already has too many miles on it for that kind of price, its a driver now. Of all the Spektrums, Viper Green was the most often chosen color. I like it, looks good but nothing special about it from a collectors standpoint. Even if you never drive it you are not going to sell it for more than you paid for it, maybe your son or daughter might years down the road if it is stored properly and not driven.I mean I get the sentiment but it really is just a standard R, and with the manual its also the significantly slower version of this generation (and I've owned both transmissions, drove cross country to pick up my most recent one and would qualify in most circles as an enthusiast). If you're going to spend 20,000 over msrp for the fastest R buy the fastest R.
The Spektrum package is literally nothing but a paint job, every single part on that car is standard R, the body kit was (and still is?) available to anyone who wanted to hop on VWs parts website or ECS and place an order. The black prets an option on all 2019s. I appreciate that VW made these but its a lazy "package". Honda makes a special type R and it gets exclusive forged bbs wheels, loses 28 pounds, gets upgraded brakes and tweaked chassis specs. VW rebrands the audi exclusive paint program.
The 337 and 20th GTIs had unique recaro seats and interior trim pieces, wheels, body kit, headlights, badging and better suspension. Farenheits got unique wheels and some interior trim and were numbered. The effort with the Spektrum was literally bare minimum. VW has a huge parts bin of wheels and seats globally and within the US that fit mqb and they couldn't even source something unique. The enthusiast specifically into these cars who knows what it means to own it knows what it means to own an RS3 as well and almost 8000 miles on a 2 year old former fleet vehicle is a lot for a collector, you don't even have to look all that hard to find photos of this car getting hustled on the dragon. The 2018 Spektrum cars from Canada are also trickling south of the border and the exchange rate makes them very good deals. A cliff green manual with under 15000 miles is 39,000 w the exchange rate.
All of that said, I don't live far from you and if VW ends up doing anything special for the R for its 20th anniversary in America in 2024 I'm in so make note of this username and lets talk about my deposit in 2 years if/when its announced .