Proving that station wagons don’t have to be boring the “Volks” at VW revealed their Golf R Variant at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This European estate marries family-friendly versatility with tire-smoking performance, well, not exactly.
This wagon is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 296 horses with 280 lb-ft of torque. Now, ensuring the driver always has ample grip those goodies are transmitted to the pavement through Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. A six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard.
Altogether this arrangement can propel the Golf R Variant to 100 kilometers an hour in just 5.1 seconds. Other performance enhancements include a lowered suspension, quad exhaust tips and defeatable stability control for use on the track.
To help save fuel this car acts like a front-wheel-drive vehicle in normal situations but if extra traction is required the rear axle kicks in almost instantaneously to lend a hand. This reduces parasitic losses and cuts consumption.
Electrically boosted power steering is another fuel saver and the R Variant’s rack clocks in at 2.1 turns lock to lock compared to nearly three for the standard Golf. All of these tweaks add up to miserly motoring. On the New European Driving Cycle this car achieves a consumption score of 7.0 liters per 100 km, which is about 34 miles per gallon.
But what good is a wagon if it doesn’t have any cargo space? Don’t worry, VW has you covered. With the rear seats up there’s more than 21 cubic feet of storage space.
The Golf R Variant’s powerful engine and roomy interior mean it can haul ass as well as it handles garden supplies, camping equipment or a trips to Costco. But now for the bad news; this car is set to go on sale in Europe next spring and there are NO plans to offer it in North America.
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GALLERY: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant Live Photos
GALLERY: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant
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