Volkswagen Golf R Variant Is The Golf R Wagon We Want: LA 2014

For the first time in its history, the Volkswagen Golf R will be offered in wagon form. Officially called the “Golf R Variant,” the model has every in the world rejoicing. Probably.

The VW Golf R wagon uses everything that makes the Golf R great. It has the same 2.0L TSI engine as the Golf R producing 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque mated to the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system. Its chassis features a lowered sport suspension, a full 0.8 inches lower than a stock Golf, while also featuring VW’s progressive steering system and stability control system that can be deactivated for track driving.

This Golf R wagon is said to be capable of running the 0-62 mph sprint in a mere 5.1 seconds, with a top track speed of 155 MPH. At the same time, fuel economy isn’t forgotten, and the sports car in a station wagon body gets an estimated 34 MPG. Speaking of wagons, the Golf has room for five; with the rear seats folded, cargo capacity is comparable to many compact SUVs.

On the outside, VW made the Golf R wagon variant stand out from other Golf models with several new elements, including:

  • New R design bumper
  • High-gloss black diffuser
  • Four chrome exhaust tips
  • “Aero flaps” on the D-pillars
  • Cherry-red taillights
  • LED license plate lighting

From the front, the Golf R Variant features the R-specific bumper complete with large air intakes, a distinctive radiator grille, and Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated daytime running lights. Designers added a little pizzazz with the LED DRLs forming a distinctive dual “U” design beneath the headlights.

From the side, the VW Golf R Variant is distinguished by “R” style sills, “R” logos on the front fenders and “matt chrome” door mirror caps. It has been fitted with 18-inch Cadiz aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 225/50 tires. VW has also painted the brake calipers black and put “R” logos on them. Optional 19-inch wheels are available for order.

On the inside, the Golf R Variant is a mix of station wagon and sports car. VW added the “R” styling and performance look throughout with sports seats having a mix of fabric and Alcantara material. There is also decorative stitching in Crystal Gray and an “R” logo on the seat backrest. Other interior features include blue ambient lighting and the Composition Touch infotainment systems. An optional Nappa Carbon leather package steps up the caliber of wrapper by wrapping the outer seat surfaces, inner side support panels, and head restraints. Meanwhile, the rear features plenty of cargo space and an adjustable and removable luggage compartment. A Carbon Race design was incorporated in the instrument panel and door trims with standard ambient lighting to accent the look. Finally, the start menu of the instrumentation and touchscreen were modified with new colors as well as an “R” logo. And on start up, both the speedometer and tachometer sweep once around the entire gauge… you know, for that sports car feel.

Tim is a married father of three living in Western Nebraska. He spends a lot of time reading, writing and talking cars/trucks with fans, insiders and manufacture reps. When he isn't talking about cars, he is usually out playing golf - a never ending obsession to see how far the little white ball will fly.

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