2016 Audi RS 6 Avant PerformanceEnlarge Photo
Audi RS 6 Performance: For many, the Audi RS 6 is the uber wagon. With its menacing front bumper, flared wheel arches and massive exhaust tips, the RS 6 oozes testosterone. The best part is that the vehicle actually has the performance to back up its aggressive looks. This year, Audi introduced an even more potent RS 6. It dons the automaker’s Performance labeling as well as a 605-hp version of the standard RS 6’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. Note, don’t feel too sad about missing out on the RS 6. The same package is offered here in the RS 7.
2013 Opel Insignia OPC Sports TourerEnlarge Photo
Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer: Opel’s Insignia is sold here as the Buick Regal but we only get the sedan. In markets where Opels are sold, buyers can also choose a wagon, one that comes in high-performance OPC flavor. This model is closely related to the Regal GS but instead of a 4-cylinder the OPC gets a twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 good for 325 hp and 321 lb-ft of torque. It also gets uprated wheels, suspension and brakes as well as a sporty body kit. Opel is about to launch a new Insignia, which will once again spawn a wagon, and we hear the new Insignia longroof may even reach the U.S. Hopefully any future OPC model comes too.
2013 Jaguar XF SportbrakeEnlarge Photo
Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Jaguar’s wagon based on the previous-generation XF, the XF Sportbrake, has got to be one of the sexiest cars, regardless of bodystyle, ever produced. A successor based on the second-generation XF is thought to be coming in 2017 and we’ve got our fingers crossed it makes it into local showrooms. Why are we so enamored by the original XF Sportbrake? Because in addition to good looks the car also dished up some serious performance, especially in XFR-S guise.
2015 Volkswagen Golf R VariantEnlarge Photo
Volkswagen Golf R Variant: Volkswagen sells a Golf wagon in the U.S. It’s called a SportWagen but there’s nothing particularly sporty about it due to its ho-hum engines. Overseas, though, the Golf wagon, which is known as a Variant, comes in R trim. We’re talking about a compact wagon powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 296 hp and 280 lb-ft on tap. Cruelly, VW chose the Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil the car, even though the automaker had no plans to offer it here.