Don't get your hopes up about the new Golf R Wagon coming to America.
With the regular version of the new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf not being offered to US customers, America's entry-level version of the popular hatchback is now the Golf GTI. If you want more power, a new version of the hardcore Golf R is also expected to break cover later this year. But there's another version of the Golf that will be forbidden fruit in America.
Our spies have caught Volkswagen testing the new Golf R Wagon, otherwise known as the Golf R Variant in Europe. The prototype is disguised to look like the Golf Alltrak, but VW isn't fooling anyone with those larger wheels, massive brakes and quad exhaust pipes.
In contrast, the new Volkswagen Golf R has been spied testing almost completely undisguised several times. Expect the Golf R wagon to benefit from the same mechanical upgrades as the hatchback such as stiffer and lower suspension.
Under the hood, the new Golf R will share the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine as its hatchback sibling. According to a recent leak, this unit will send 333 horsepower to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Tiguan R and Arteon R, which also won't be sold in America, use the same engine rated at 315 hp, so we're hoping the Golf R will have more power.
Since VW still hasn't revealed the regular Golf Wagon and Golf R hatchback yet, the new Golf R Wagon won't be debuting any time soon. Chances are it will arrive sometime in the first half of 2021.
We aren't getting our hopes up for the Volkswagen Golf R Variant to be sold in the US. Wagons simply aren't hot sellers in America anymore. It's a shame because this means the recently-teased BMW M3 Wagon will also be forbidden fruit in the US.