It appears that Volkswagen is eager to extend its lineup of high-performance R models and the latest addition seems to be the upcoming Golf R Variant/Estate. A prototype version of this model was recently spotted testing at Nurburgring and although the German company says the new vehicle didn’t receive green light for production, we believe that the engineers almost finished work on the new car.
The new Golf R Estate is expected to use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine found on the hatchback version and capable to deliver 296 hp (221 kW) and a maximum torque of 380 Nm. Power will be delivered to the road via the permanent all-wheel drive system, the latest version of the 4Motion with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
Bolted to the standard manual gearbox, the Golf R Estate is expected to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 5.2 seconds and in 4.9 seconds when equipped with the automatic dual-clutch gearbox (DSG).
Top speed will be limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. Fuel consumption ex expected to be under 7 l/100 km when using the optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Comparing it with the standard Golf Estate/Variant, the R model will be 20 mm lower and will feature a new progressive steering system.
Regarding the design, we expect to see the same front end as in the Golf R, while the rear end will be completely new. Back in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, the German carmaker brought the Golf 7 (VII) Golf Estate/Variant Concept R-Line. We also expect to see several design elements found on the concept car on the new Golf R Estate/Variant.