For those who require a little more load lugging space but still want the performance of say, a Golf GTi or even a Golf R, can rejoice as Volkswagen, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, has revealed more information on what they predictably call, the new Golf R Variant.
Essentially what you have here is a Golf R Sportswagon.
This is big news as it marks the first time that the Golf R takes on the shape of a station wagon, and while performance enthusiasts might be left scratching their heads at the thought of a rapid station wagon, those of us who have procreated will be wearing a wry grin.
All five passengers and the four-footed variety best cling on for dear life as this station wagon packs 221 kW and 380 Nm of torque, driven through all four wheels via Volkswagenâ€™s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
Also, predictably is the presence of the groupâ€™s 6-sped dual-clutch (DSG) gearbox with requisite steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The kids will love that.
The kids will also love the feeling of reaching 100km/h in 5.1 seconds. Perhaps brown paper bags should be standard in the front seat back pockets?
Providing for pure dynamic performance are a sport suspension (lowered 20 mm), the innovative progressive steering system and “ESC Sport” – which can be deactivated for use on a race course. Optional highlights include the newest generation of the DCC adaptive chassis control system with driving profile selector that features a Race mode.