Volkswagen is developing a new wagon version of its upcoming 2015 Golf R hot hatch
, as evidenced by spy shots of a prototype testing at the Nürburgring and on some of the German race track’s surrounding roads. Although it's based on the latest Golf SportWagen
, which has been confirmed for U.S. showrooms, the high-performance Golf R wagon is an unlikely candidate for local sale... even though we’re certain it could find a loyal following in these parts.
The powertrain of the Golf R wagon should match the one in the Golf R hatch, meaning a 2.0-liter turbo four paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system will be fitted as standard along with the automaker’s XDS+ differential lock front and rear. The engine in the 2015 Golf R hatch is rated at 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and in the Golf R wagon should help achieve 0-60 mph times of about 5.0 seconds.
Obvious Golf R traits include the aggressive bumpers, 18-inch Cadiz-style wheels, lowered suspension, and twin exhaust tips. Inside, expect to see sports seats in the front, leather trim, and faux carbon accents on the dash.
A market launch in Europe for the Golf R wagon is expected to take place in early 2015, with the vehicle likely to be called the Golf R Variant (the Golf SportWagen is konwn as a Golf Variant overseas).
Note, VW is believed to be also working on a more potent version of the Golf R
, previewed by the Golf R 400 concept
unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. If built, the car should feature a more powerful engine, more aerodynamic styling and a series of weight-saving measures._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.