Say Hello To The 315-HP Volkswagen Golf R Wagon

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And then goodbye, because America will miss out on VW's hot new performance estate.

The new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf R hot hatch debuted last year as the most powerful Golf ever, and now there's a more practical alternative. Say hello to the all-new Golf R Wagon, also known as the Estate and Variant in other markets. Before you get too excited, let's get the bad news out of the way: the Golf R Wagon isn't coming to America. There just isn't enough demand for sporty wagons here. Sadly, the achingly stunning Arteon Shooting Brake also won't be sold in the US for the same reason.

Thanks to its 2.5-inch longer wheelbase, the Golf R offers 21.57 cubic feet of luggage space with the rear seats up and 58 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Rear passengers also benefit from more legroom, which increases from 35.5 to 37 inches.

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Like its hatchback sibling, the Golf R Wagon is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful Golf Wagon yet. With power being sent to a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the 0-60 mph sprint is covered in 4.9 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds slower than its lighter hatchback sibling.

Top speed is electronically capped at 155 mph, or 168 mph with the optional R Performance Package. This package also includes 19-inch wheels and the two additional driving modes: Special, which optimizes the Golf R Wagon for the demanding race tracks like the Nurburgring, and Drift for when you're in the mood for some sideways action.

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The brake discs are an inch larger compared to the old Golf R Wagon, helping slow everything down. As you would expect, the R Wagon retains the hot hatchback's sporty styling cues including a front splitter, side skirts, and a sports exhaust system with quad tailpipes.

As standard, the interior includes a multifunction sports leather steering wheel and sports seats at the front with blue R logos embedded in the headrests. An optional Nappa leather package is also available, which also adds active climate control to the front seats. Compared to the outgoing model, the cabin is more technologically advanced, incorporating a digital driver display and a 10-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.

Orders for the new Golf R Wagon in Germany and Europe start on July 8, with pricing starting at EUR 51,585 ($60,843).

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