Volkswagen is getting dangerously close to creating what I would call the "perfect car." In this latest set of spy shots from our great photographers, we have what appears to be a Volkswagen Golf R Wagon. That means the same 300-horsepower, turbo four-cylinder engine, AWD and six-speed manual transmission from the Golf R with more space in the back for your milk, eggs, produce, soccer balls or whatever else you need to haul. It should also be available with the six-speed DSG for those who are allergic to the third pedal.
We have very little information about this car, and this prototype has shown up out of nowhere, but it’s very unlikely that this machine will hit US shores. Wagons don’t do well here, and high-performance hatches don’t do very well either. So, creating a combination high-performance wagon is basically a sales disaster in here in the U.S.
That said, Volkswagen, I would love you eternally if you would actually bring such a machine to the United States. Please.
Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R Variant.
May 21, 2014 - Volkswagen Golf R caught testing at Nurburgring once again
March 27, 2014 - Golf R Variant Caught Testing At Nurburgring
March 25, 2014 - First sighting
These spy shots are a pretty dead giveaway that this is a Golf R wagon. Not only does this machine make use of the signature, 20-inch Golf R alloy wheels and full Golf R front fascia, it even has Golf R logos on the grille.
The only odd part of the car is the exhaust which are spaced much wider than most R models from Volkswagen. This is a wagon though, and VW may be trying to down the visual aggressiveness sightly to appeal to a wider audience.
More information coming as we can get it.
Finding competition for a hot wagon like the Golf R Variant is a little difficult, but there area a few key models that come to mind, like the Mazdaspeed 3.
The little Mazda is more of a hatch than a wagon, and it only has FWD, but it does have one of the most powerful engines in the segment with 263 horsepower coming from its turbocharged engine. This is enough to get the long hatch to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
Unfortuantely, we have no clue when the Mazdaspeed 3 will receive the same Kodo update as the rest of the lineup. All signs point toward a 2015 revision, but there is no confirmation on this yet.
The 2013 Mazdaspeed 3 checks in at $24,200.
The Focus ST was Ford’s first true hot hatch for U.S. buyers in more than a decade and it has been making some serious waves. Its 2.0-liter, EcoBoost engine is a sweetheart, but with only 252 horsepower its a far cry from the Golf’s 300 ponies. The Focus also only sends power to the front wheels, a serious disadvantage at this level of horsepower and torque.
The Focus ST can hit 60 mph in just 6.6 ticks of the second hand and checks in at a thrifty $24k. Now with Mountune starting to offer its performance upgrades in the U.S. , ST buyers can get even more power from a reliable source.