Thank you Volkswagen. Thank you, for finally making a red hot version of the Golf wagon. This the the Golf R Variant, stuffed with the same 221kW/380Nm 2.0 litre four pot from the popular Golf R hatchback.
The cost of that practical 605 litres of cargo space (1620 litres with rear seats folded down) is just 0.2 seconds off the 0–100km/h time, which is quoted at a rapid 5.1 seconds. Full technical details are yet to be revealed but it seems as though the go fast estate will be available exclusively with a 6-speed DSG transmission.
Now on public display at the LA Auto Show there’s no word yet from Volkswagen Australia confirming the Golf R wagon will be offered for sale down under, but let’s hope that announcement is not too far away.
This is one seriously cool car!
World premiere: Golf R Variant Top model of the Golf line-up with 300 PS and all-wheel drive
- Volkswagen presents the Golf R sports car icon as a station wagon: Golf R Variant with 300 PS and all-wheel drive makes debut in Los Angeles
- New Golf R Variant accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.1 seconds*
- Exclusive Golf R Variant with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and DSG as standard
Volkswagen will present as a world premiere one of the sportiest all-rounders in the compact class at the Los Angeles Auto Show (November 18–30): the new Golf R Variant¹.
For the first time since the existence of the model range, the Golf R, the icon of all-wheel compact sports cars, is being launched as a station wagon. The exclusive model has 221 kW / 300 PS. The turbo engine of the Golf R Variant provides up to 380 Nm torque via a standard 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) to the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Distribution of the drive power over all four wheels guarantees maximum traction, performance and active safety. Providing for pure dynamic performance are a sport suspension (lowered 20 mm), the innovative progressive steering system and “ESC Sport” – which can be deactivated for use on a race course. Optional highlights include the newest generation of the DCC adaptive chassis control system with driving profile selector that features a Race mode.
5.1 seconds and 7.0 liter fuel consumption. The Golf R Variant accelerates from a standstill to 80 km/h (50 mph) in only 3.8* seconds and to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1* seconds. The sports car station wagon is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Fuel consumption and emission values show just how efficiently the turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the Golf R Variant works: in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the sportiest Golf Variant of all times only consumes 7.0* l/100 km; this value equates to CO2 emissions of 163* g/km.
The Golf R Variant is one of very few sports cars that do not throw in the towel when it comes to leisure activities taking up lots of space or even a whole family. With a storage capacity of 605 liters (loaded up to the back seat backrest), this Volkswagen offers an impressively large trunk even with five people on board. Loaded up to the backs of the front sports seats, the cargo capacity even grows to 1,620 liters.
1Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.0 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 163 (combined); efficiency class: D
*All performance data and fuel economy and emissions data are forecast values as of November 2014.
Features and technical data apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries.