After first introducing it in Canada last year, Volkswagen is finally bringing its Spektrum color program to the United States for the 2019 Golf R. In addition to the five standard colors, Golf R buyers will now be able to choose from 40 new custom-order hues ranging from vibrant oranges and greens to more subdued blues and browns.
Many of these awesome colors carry historical significance for the VW brand. Mars Red was taken from the Mark 1 GTI, and Deep Blue Pearl was found on the Mark 4 and Mark 5 Golf R32s. The most popular of these choices in Canada has been Viper Green Metallic (pictured above), which was first offered on the current European-market Scirocco. There's something for everyone, and it's refreshing to see a real range of colors offered on a car like the Golf-usually extensive paint palettes are reserved for higher-end machinery. In Europe, many more pedestrian versions of the Golf are offered with a crazy range of available hues as part of a similar program.
Each Spektrum color is $2500, quite a jump over the $0 that the Golf R's standard colors-which include fairly pedestrian blue, black, white, gray, and red-cost. The new colors are available now, with the time from ordering to delivery taking around two to four months. Volkswagen will soon be releasing an online configurator tool for the Spektrum program, and is sending paint sample kits to dealerships so customers can view each shade in real life.
We don't expect there to be any other changes for the 2019 Golf R, which received some fairly significant updates for 2018. It'll still come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engined mated to standard all-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Its price may rise slightly over the current $40,680 starting price.