It depends on how you look at it: the VW Golf R is now also available as a handy station wagon or the VW Golf Variant is now also available as a fast R.
The sporty versions based on the Volkswagen Golf welcome a new member: the GTD, GTE, GTI, GTI Clubsport, GTI Clubsport 45 and the R will be joined by the R Variant. That’s no more – but no less – than the estate version of the 320 hp and 420 Nm hot hatch, which sends the power of its 2-litre turbo petrol to all four wheels via the DSG seven-speed robotic dual-clutch gearbox and the smart 4Motion all-wheel drive with vector torque distribution.
The Volkswagen Golf R Variant sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, two seconds slower than the hatchback version. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, but can optionally be increased to 270 km/h. You can also impose for the drift mode, for the Akrapovic exhaust line, the steered DCC suspension and you name it. The main difference is the bodywork: as a Variant, the VW Golf R gets a longer wheelbase and a larger trunk, with a maximum load volume of more than 1,600 liters.