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.
Volkswagen Golf is transforming into the Golf R thanks to an array of new exterior elements from Volkswagen R GmbH like a new layout and lighting design of the bi-xenon headlights as well as new bumpers. The VW Golf R also features new side sills, rear diffuser, chrome dual tailpipes and standard 18-inch (optional 19-inch alloy rims) from Volkswagen R.
On the front, the Golf R is defined by a new bumper design featuring massive air inlets. Its radiator grille has been redesigned and now features "R" logo. The housings of the bi-xenon headlights feature newly developed LED daytime running lights with a characteristic dual "U" design.
When viewed from the sides, the new Golf R reveals newly designed 18-inch "Cadiz" alloy wheels shod in 225/40 tires. These wheels are complemented by black brake calipers with "R" logo as well as "R" badges on the front wings. The side sill panels in "R" style are finished in body color while the door mirror caps are in "Matt chrome." The Golf R can be specified with optional 19-inch alloy wheels, with the availability of Cadiz" and "Pretoria" wheels, which have "flow-forming," lightweight and sturdy rims in motorsport design.
On the rear, the new VW Golf R is distinguished by smoked LED rear lights with a characteristic light-colored stripe in the middle. The rear of the new Golf R also dons four chrome tailpipes and an "R" logo on the boot lid as well as a diffuser in "R" design.