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MK7 Golf R is a rare breed in USA.

Cloudstryder

New member
Location
San Luis Obispo
Car(s)
2016 Golf R
I’ve owned my 16’ Golf R for almost 3 months now and I’ve see two other MK7R in that time (one was passing through town on the 101 south, one is local).
I wonder out of the cars sold in the US; how many are still in the wild. I see GTi, WRX, Evo, M3, S3 everywhere in California, but we’re definitely a rare breed. MK7R drivers I’ll see you in the wind.
 

gixxerfool

Go Kart Champion
Location
New Jersey
Car(s)
2016 Golf R
I wonder if it is regional. Plenty of WRX and STis here. I have seen more than my fair share of Golf Rs. Evos, haven't seen one around here in 10 years. Those and the SRT4 Neons.
 

IanCH

Autocross Champion
Location
MA
Car(s)
'20 GTI
just a regional thing, I see an R nearly every day here in the greater Boston area.
 

Jumpy

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Austin, TX, USA
Car(s)
'18 GTI Autobahn
I've seen very few 7.5s (GTI or R), but lots of 7s. Which is actually weird, because the 7.5 models have officially been on sale longer than the 7s were (2015-17 vs. 2018-21 in North America).

Edit: This only applies to GTI, as the 7.5 R was only on sale 2018-19.
 

Dog Dad Wagon

Autocross Champion
Location
Innnnn West Philadelphia...
Car(s)
19 Alltrack 6MT
I wonder if it is regional. Plenty of WRX and STis here. I have seen more than my fair share of Golf Rs. Evos, haven't seen one around here in 10 years. Those and the SRT4 Neons.
Super regional. the Northeast is where most VW owners flock in America. Golf Rs are everywhere around Philly, NYC etc.
 

Wastegate13

Drag Racing Champion
Location
SoFla
My two best friends both have R’s and I know a handful of other owners in my area.
 

hans611

Lost
Location
Miami
Car(s)
'16 Golf R 6MT
I shared this previously.... regarding their rarity:

There is 11,340 MK7 Rs (~3,800 avg/yr) and 8,884 MK7.5 Rs.... (~3,000 avg/yr)

Total of 20,224 Golf R (Mk7/7.5) in the entire US.....


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If you disregard Golfs, around 13% of MK7s were Golf R Mk7s and about 18% of MK7.5s are Rs (NOT COUNTING 2021 when the R was discontinued)

They are rare even here in Miami..... I usually see one every other month.....

edit: I did a stupid guesstimation that if the Miami metro area has around 2.5 million people, or 1/110 of the country's population... then there should be around ~180 Golf R's in my area....
 
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Fastlax16

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Chitown
Car(s)
2019 DBP R
I will share my previous post here regarding their rarity:

There is 11,340 MK7 Rs (~3,800 avg/yr) and 8,884 MK7.5 Rs.... (~3,000 avg/yr)

20,224 Golf R (Mk7/7.5) in the entire US.....


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If you disregard Golfs, around 13% of MK7s were Golf R Mk7s and about 18% of MK7.5s are Rs (NOT COUNTING 2021 when the R was discontinued)

They are rare even here in Miami..... I usually see one every other month.....

I did a stupid guesstimation that if South FL has around 10 million people, or 1/33 of the country's population... then there should be around ~600 Golf R's in my metro area....

If you got those numbers out of the VW sales reports the model years and sales years don't align neatly. The overall numbers are correct, but year by year varies because you had 2016 model year cars start showing up in 2015 etc. The last production year for the R was 2019 so all the 2020 sales are actually 2019 model year vehicles. Don't remember if the 2018s showed up early in 2017 of if there was still 2017 inventory available in early 2018 but that would also skew the 7 vs 7.5 numbers a bit.
 

hans611

Lost
Location
Miami
Car(s)
'16 Golf R 6MT
Yeah I used the VW yearly sales reports.. you are right, the totals are correct but the model years aren't exact.... it shouldn't be TOO far off though from what I remember
 
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