Discontinuation Derby: 2019 VW Golf R and Audi A3 Cabriolet

As car companies announce their 2020 lineups, we’re seeing more and more models dropped. In some cases, it’s to make room for more crossovers and SUVs. In others, it’s to dump some slow sellers while gearing up for replacements in 2020 as 2021 models. Today’s discontinuation derby calls to the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi A3 Cabriolet.

Golf R Gone For Now

At least for now, the tight handling, powerful, premium Golf R has been discontinued according to Motorauthority.com. But don’t forget, the next eighth-generation Golf is due out in the fall. The R model, based on this new version, will follow soon after. In fact, we’ve heard rumors that the upcoming R will get 400 hp.

Only GTIs and R Models For 2021?

The news follows reports last month that the SportWagen and Alltrack were discontinued after 2019. We’re seeing Golf models being pared down in 2020 to just the GTI and R models.

If you want a 2019 R, better hurry up to your nearest VW dealer.

Audi A3 Cabriolet Dropped

Next up is the Audi A3 Cabriolet. Car and Driver are reporting that the A3 Cab has been discontinued for 2020. With the receding sedan market and their variants, this was not unexpected.

More Open Audis To Choose

Audi’s A5 Cab is selling well, and you can still get both an open Audi TT, S5 Roadster, or R8 Spyder. So once 2019 is over, there will still be three hair-blower Audis to suit your fancy. Yes, they will cost you $10,000-plus over the price of an A3 Cab, but if the price differential is bothering you, better head on over to your local Audi dealer before the last of the A3 Cabriolets are gone.