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Seems like this is always the case due to the outdated regulations for headlights/taillights here. Looks like we might get the base Golf tails:

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Well, what were you expecting? I bet A LOT of the things that were hyped on the Euro version will be missing here to keep cost down...... if VW wouldn’t, the .:R for would be close to $60K in the US.........


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I think it was obvious we weren't getting the IQ lights, being as they don't pass US DOT regs. I just hope these are at least LEDs. Any pics of the headlights?
 

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They should do it like Volvo where the hardware is made available and tech is just not activated. Then when the laws change (if they ever change), they can just update software. Or for the few who have the cable can just activate it hehe.


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Certifying a taillight configuration for the USA is not cheap. Plus, VW would have to design/tool a USA specific version regardless. The payback is just not there for the low sales of the GTI/Golf R.
 

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Seems like this is always the case due to the outdated regulations for headlights/taillights here. Looks like we might get the base Golf tails:
Looks like it could just be a base German model sent to the USA for testing? If you configure the mk8 GTI/R on volkswagen.de, those look similar. But I wouldn't be surprised if those were the base tailights coming to the US as well. Here's some shots I took last week at Volkswagen's Engineering Center in California of the new GTI with IQ lights. Although I am sure "IQ" lights will be different in the US (regulations):
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Looks like it could just be a base German model sent to the USA for testing? If you configure the mk8 GTI/R on volkswagen.de, those look similar. But I wouldn't be surprised if those were the base tailights coming to the US as well. Here's some shots I took last week at Volkswagen's Engineering Center in California of the new GTI with IQ lights. Although I am sure "IQ" lights will be different in the US (regulations):
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No Amber reflectors in the front is a dead giveaway, that it’s not a US Spec’d vehicle.


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They should do it like Volvo where the hardware is made available and tech is just not activated. Then when the laws change (if they ever change), they can just update software. Or for the few who have the cable can just activate it hehe.


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It’s possible that they will be capable like this. On some audis it’s currently this way too.

People have been able to enable matrix lighting on the arteon with coding here in the US. Maybe the Mk8 will be similar.


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Seems like this is always the case due to the outdated regulations for headlights/taillights here. Looks like we might get the base Golf tails:

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I’m curious where the amber reflectors are on the front bumper. If they’re built into bumper (like Tiguan) or if they’re built into headlights (like Mk7 and Mk7.5)

Has anyone seen any pics of the front?


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I’m curious where the amber reflectors are on the front bumper. If they’re built into bumper (like Tiguan) or if they’re built into headlights (like Mk7 and Mk7.5)

Has anyone seen any pics of the front?


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Was looking through the pictures I took that day and realized this pure white example has the amber reflectors on the bumper. Potentially a US spec but they are still testing these.

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Was looking through the pictures I took that day and realized this pure white example has the amber reflectors on the bumper. Potentially a US spec but they are still testing these.

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Great picture! That’s definitely a US spec. Looks like base GTI with the base wheels and led reflector headlights. The LED reflector headlights look awful. Hopefully the mid trim isn’t too much more money, and has the adaptive LED lights.

My guess is that white one is an S trim.


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Was looking through the pictures I took that day and realized this pure white example has the amber reflectors on the bumper. Potentially a US spec but they are still testing these.

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Another interesting observation. It has the proximity sensors on sides of front bumper for Travel Assist (autonomous level 2 “autopilot” and parking aid), and appears to have more than just the rain sensing camera up by mirror.

Maybe the base model GTI will come standard with all the autonomous autopilot stuff. Would really be a good value if that’s the case.


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Seems like this is always the case due to the outdated regulations for headlights/taillights here. Looks like we might get the base Golf tails:

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I am more interested in the R, as I have a mk7.5 now and my lease is up this year. So couple of things. For me I really don't care much about the taillights, or a sunroof, or even the wheel design. The wheels can always be changed as can the tail lights if you want. I care about if the performance pack will be coming over, either as standard or as an option. It looks here as though it may not as the larger spoiler is not on this picture. Also the Akrapovic exhaust is also absent (which I really wish they would bring over, even as an option) I really hope the performance pack with it's drift and Nuremberg modes come over, as per the page on VW Canadas website. What I am happy about is we will ge a manual transmission whereas it seems everywhere else is dsg only.
 

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It’s possible that they will be capable like this. On some audis it’s currently this way too.

People have been able to enable matrix lighting on the arteon with coding here in the US. Maybe the Mk8 will be similar.


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Yup, I've seen that too. We can only hope because we all know we always get the short end of the stick when its comes over

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Saw this in a listing on one of the German sites. Looks like some of the less equipped models there have these tails as well. All of the ones I have seen from the UK have the full IQ tails. These actually don’t look bad if it’s what we end up with.
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I'm sure we'll have aftermarket supply of these readily :)
 

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Great picture! That’s definitely a US spec. Looks like base GTI with the base wheels and led reflector headlights. The LED reflector headlights look awful. Hopefully the mid trim isn’t too much more money, and has the adaptive LED lights.

My guess is that white one is an S trim.


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Those wheels tho....... Not a fan
 

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Was looking through the pictures I took that day and realized this pure white example has the amber reflectors on the bumper. Potentially a US spec but they are still testing these.
Those amber reflectors look awful! I knew they were going to have to do this for the US version but hoped they would be able to integrate it better into the design. Hopefully the aftermarket will have a solution quickly. I swamped the reflectors on my MKV. There were a few options for that generation. Dark tinted reflectors and paint color matched ones.
 

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Those amber reflectors look awful! I knew they were going to have to do this for the US version but hoped they would be able to integrate it better into the design. Hopefully the aftermarket will have a solution quickly. I swamped the reflectors on my MKV. There were a few options for that generation. Dark tinted reflectors and paint color matched ones.
Better than having them integrated into the headlights. I always thought the ROW MK7's looked so much better without the amber inside the headlight. A amber reflector in the bumper is easy to cover if you don't like it.
 

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Anyone get a look to see if the US version rear turn signals are red or amber? And if those are LED or not?
Tired of being behind on lighting tech the Euro-world.
 
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