Volkswagen Golf R Variant Wagon Debuting at LA Auto Show
It’s a good time to be a Volkswagen Golf. The 2015 model of the iconic compact car was recently selected as both the Motor Trend Car of the Year and the Green Car Reports Best Car to Buy, and now the well-recognized Golf family is welcoming its newest member, with the Volkswagen Golf R Variant wagon debuting at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new Variant shares a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the three-door Golf R, which yields 296 horsepower. All of those ponies are filtered through a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. The VW Golf R Variant has a 0-62 mph time of 5.1 seconds, and is electronically limited to a speed of 155 mph (still, not bad for a station wagon).
In the rear, an R design bumper, high-gloss black diffuser, red taillights, “aero flaps” on the D-pillars, and four chrome exhaust tips distinguish the Variant from other Golfs. Up front, the sporty compact features a distinctive radiator grille and Bi-Xenon headlights, while big 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and “R” logos all over the car also mark the Volkswagen Golf R Variant wagon as unique.
Inside, the Variant features sport seats with a fabric and Alcantara material mix, as well as some more “R” logos, thrown in for good measure.
Although the Golf R Variant wagon is having its world premiere in LA, we don’t know yet if that will be its only trip to America. VW has not officially confirmed whether the new hot hatch will go on sale in the US, but considering they’ve chose to unveil it on the west coast, there is a pretty good chance it will eventually go on sale here.
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