Due to the success of the latest-generation Golf R, Volkswagen has decided to reveal the estate variant in the form of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014. Having had the privilege of driving the VW Golf R hatchback in the snow of Sweden, we were intrigued to see the R Variant in the flesh.
It is the first time that Volkswagen has produced the Golf R as a station wagon (or estate depending on where you read this from). It gets the same four-cylinder 300 hp, 280 pound-feet torque engine as the hatchback. The gearbox is a standard 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with permanent 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system.
As a result of this tech, the Volkswagen Golf R Variant hits 80 km/h (50 mph) in only 3.8 seconds and accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds while being electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite the performance, the Volkswagen Golf R Variant impressively only consumes 7.0 litres/100 km (34 mpg) and chucks out CO2 emissions of 163 g/km.
From a visual standpoint, the Volkswagen Golf R includes a thoroughly revised front fascia from the run-of-the-mill Golf Estate. It includes a new bumper and splitter as well as R badging and aggressive air intakes. Elsewhere you’ll find a gloss black rear diffuser and four chrome exhaust tips and 18-inch wheels.