Just in time for the 2014 LA Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Golf R Variant, the most powerful version of its well-known Golf Variant. As expected, the 2015 Golf R Variant is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder EA888 engine that produces 296 hp (221 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm.
Power is delivered to the road via the permanent 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and through the standard 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. As a result, the Golf R Variant zooms from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.
Despite the impressive performances, fuel consumption is jut 7 l/100 km (34 mpg), while CO2 emissions are 163 g/km. When it comes to design, the vehicle gets an R-specific bumper with larger air intakes, the distinctive radiator grille featuring the “R” logo and Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated daytime running lights.
From the side, the Golf R Variant is easily distinguished thanks to the “R” style rocker panels, “R” logos on the front fenders, matt chrome door mirror caps and 18-inch Cadiz aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. As an option, Volkswagen offers 19-inch Cadiz and Pretoria aluminum-alloy wheels.
At the rear, there is a new R design bumper, a high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome exhaust tips, “aero flaps” on the D-pillars as well as LED taillights.
Inside, the Golf R Variant features sport seats with a fabric and Alcantara material mix, optional Nappa carbon leather package, Composition Touch infotainment system, a flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in leather, aluminum pedals, blue ambient lightning and automatic air conditioning.
When transporting five passengers, the vehicle offers 605 liters of cargo space, loaded up to the back of the rear seats. When rear seats are folded, the cargo space is increased to 1,620 liters.