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Volkswagen Golf R Wagon to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/18/2014 Jason Udy

Volkswagen Golf R Wagon to Debut at L.A. Auto Show While we’ve already seen the Golf Sportwagen, and tested a Euro-spec 2015 Volkswagen Golf R hatchback, the automaker has now married arguably the two most anticipated models in the Golf lineup with the first-ever Volkswagen Golf R Wagon debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. The Golf R Wagon features the same engine and suspension updates as the two-door and four-door hatchback variants, but gets the additional cargo capability of the wagon body style.

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Like the hatch, the Volkswagen Golf R wagon is powered by the automaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter EA888 I-4 making 296 hp from 5500-6200 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque from 1800-5500 rpm. Power is sent through a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission and then to all four wheels via Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system with an electro-hydraulic Haldex5 coupling that can route torque nearly instantaneous, according to the automaker. At low load the system acts as a front-wheel-drive car.

Additionally, the stability control system (ESC) features four electronic differential locks (EDL). Unlike other Golf/GTI systems, the Golf R's ESC has three modes including regular, ESC Sport, and deactivated for track use. Volkswagen’s torque vectoring system, dubbed XDS+, brakes the inside wheel on either axle to reduce understeer. The Golf R wagon also uses a variable-ratio electric power steering system. The standard Driving Profile Selector works with the DCC adaptive damping, which has five settings: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Individual, and Race. That last one increases suspension damping, quickens engine response, and gives sportier transmission shift points.

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Volkswagen claims the Golf R wagon can reach 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Like the hatchback models, the Golf R wagon features an R-specific bumper with larger air intakes and unique grille with R logo, HID headlights with LED daytime running lights. The side features R-style sills, R logos on the front fenders, and matte chrome side mirror caps. Quad exhaust tips peek out from beneath the new R design rear bumper with black diffuser. There are also LED taillights and license plate lights as well as D-pillar aero flaps. The Volkswagen Golf R wagon rides on 18-inch Cadiz alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40R18 tires. Wheel options include 19-inch Cadiz and Pretoria alloy wheels. R logos are also featured on the black brake calipers.

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Inside, the Golf R wagon receives front sport seats with a mix of fabric and Alcantara with crystal gray stitching and an R logo in the headrest. A Nappa Carbon leather package is available and can be had with anthracite or modern gray seat inserts. The dash and door feature a Carbon Race design, while the pedals have a stainless look. Standard features include blue ambient lighting, automatic climate control, and the automaker’s Composition Touch infotainment system. There is a total of 57.2 cubic-feet of cargo area behind the front seat with the 60:40 rear seats folded.

No word yet whether the Volkswagen Golf R wagon will make it to our shores, but a Los Angeles auto show debut keeps our hopes up.

Source: Volkswagen

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