This is one of several new high-performance wagons that will be forbidden in America.
A new wave of high-performance wagons is coming. Last month, our spies caught Mercedes-AMG testing the new C63 wagon, which will battle the upcoming BMW M3 wagon. Now, Volkswagen has been caught giving the Golf R wagon a workout at the Nurburgring ahead of its debut. All three of these sport wagons have one thing in common: none of them are coming to America. It's a shame because we were hoping the recent launch of the Audi RS6 Avant would increase the segment's popularity in America.
For the first time, we also get to see the Volkswagen Golf R Wagon on the move in video footage as it tackles the Nurburgring.
We last saw the more practical Golf R being put through its paces in the snow in January, and now it's undergoing some final track testing. Like the prototype we saw in January, this Golf R Wagon is almost completely undisguised, albeit finished in blue instead of white.
VW has covered up the R logo, but it can't hide the Golf R wagon's wider side sills, more aggressive air intakes, and unique bumpers. It also has larger brakes with blue calipers and rides lower to the ground, giving it a sportier stance than the regular Golf wagon. Like the hot hatch, the Golf R wagon (or the Golf R Variant, as it's known as in Europe), will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Power will be sent to all four wheels through either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual. When equipped with the automatic gearbox, the Golf R hatchback will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds, but the extra weight will no doubt affect the wagon variant's performance.
We don't get a peek inside the interior, but the Golf R wagon's cabin will have the same design as its hot hatch sibling, incorporating a digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch touchscreen. The lack of camouflage suggests the high-performance Golf R wagon will break cover soon, possibly in just a few weeks.