For the first time ever Volkswagen Australia is going to offer the uber-cool Golf R Wagon. It will come in special Wolfsburg Edition form along with the regular R hatch in September.
Volkswagen says the special editions are available to order now. The new wagon version headlines the news though. It promises pretty much all of the performance you get from the cracking Golf R hatch, along with the convenience and practicality of a wagon.
For the Wolfsburg Edition, named after the company’s production facility location in Germany, the wagon and hatch get black ‘Pretoria’ 19-inch alloy wheels, black side mirrors and roof rails (wagon), as well as the usual sporty bodykit of the R. Three exterior colours will be available, including Lapiz Blue metallic, Limestone Grey metallic, and Oryx White pearl.
Inside, added features include adaptive cruise control as standard, city emergency braking technology, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and Carbon Nappa leather trim. There’s also a special Wolfsburg crest badge. A panoramic glass roof is a $1850 option.
Both models come with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the regular R producing 206kW of power and 380Nm of torque. This is sent through a 4Motion all-wheel drive system. PerformanceDrive has timed 0-100km/h in the DSG Golf R hatch in 4.9 seconds. The official time for the wagon, called the R Variant overseas, is 5.2 seconds.
Both come with the DSG auto only, helping to provide a combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.1L/100km for the hatch and 7.2L/100km for the heavier wagon (1435kg vs 1509kg). Of course, with the added weight of the wagon you also get more cargo space. The wagon presents 605 litres and a maximum of 1620 litres, compared with 343L and 1233L in the hatch.
The wagon version in particular is expected to sell very fast. Prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):
Volkswagen Golf R Wolfsburg Edition hatch – $56,990 (up $1750 over regular R hatch)
Volkswagen Golf R Wagon Wolfsburg Edition – $58,990