Volkswagen Golf R, Tiguan R orders on hold, as hot hatch shortage worsens
The Volkswagen Golf R has joined the Hyundai i30 Hatch N on the list of hot hatches currently unavailable for Aussie enthusiasts to order.
Volkswagen has confirmed orders for the R hatch and wagon are “paused due to previously announced component shortages”.
Also on hold are orders for the hot Tiguan R SUV, although Volkswagen says “improved production for Australia has meant that a greater number” of orders are now being fulfilled.
It’s hoping improved supply of the T-Roc R will allow dealers to offer an alternative for buyers keen on a turbo, all-wheel drive Volkswagen performance car, but not keen to wait.
The Golf R joins a growing crowd of hot hatches out of reach for Australian buyers.
Honda has confirmed the Civic Type R is sold out for the next 20 months, which means anyone who orders one now won’t get the keys until late in 2024
The Toyota GR Corolla, and the Hyundai i20 and i30 N on the list of hot hatchbacks where demand outstrips supply.
Toyota has confirmed there will be just 500 examples of the GR Corolla allocated to the Australian market, and says it’s working to ensure what limited supply there is will be snapped up by enthusiasts instead of scalpers.
Hyundai in 2022 closed orders of the i20 N pocket rocket as it works to clear an order backlog of more than 12 months. Waits for the i30 Hatch N had blown past 12 months late in 2022 as well, forcing Hyundai to close orders.
Also contributing to the Australian hot hatch shortage is the impending death of the Renault Megane RS, and the recent death of the Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST.
The Megane RS Ultime will arrive Down Under mid-year, and spells the end not only for the much-loved hot Megane, but the Renault Sport brand.
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