2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

By Arthur Demi via Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf R Variant

The Golf Variant from Volkswagen is one of the most successful compact Variant cars with over two million units sold. It is a car as versatile as the legendary "Swiss army knife". In its recently launched latest generation, the best-seller – that is based on the Golf VII – was refined into a stylish all-round vehicle that addresses the needs and wishes of a wide variety of target groups. Today, the range of versions begins with the Golf Variant 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology Trendline with 63 kW / 85 PS and finishes with the new Golf R Variant with 221 kW / 300 PS. The model range was extended to follow the trend of increasingly higher demand for more customised versions of the Golf Variant. That is why no fewer than three new and exclusive models that follow this trend are making their debut in 2015, causing a stir in the compact Variant class: the Golf Alltrack, the already mentioned Golf R Variant and the Golf GTD Variant. They were all created based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) – an innovative technology system in which Volkswagen can implement all conceivable drive types.

  • Higher. The new Golf Alltrack combines the best of on-road and off-road driving. A lifestyle Variant car with standard four-wheel drive and a custom design, which plays out its strengths on all types of terrain and does never quit, not even on the highest of mountain passes on the way to a skiing vacation. Parameters: 4MOTION, four torque-strong engines with 81 kW / 110 PS to 135 kW / 184 PS and an additional 20 mm of ground clearance.
  • Faster. The new Golf R Variant was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH for those who really want to drive faster. Faster in the sense of a top-class sports car. Therefore, Volkswagen transferred the Golf R engine and chassis to the Golf Variant, resulting in one of the sportiest compact Variant cars. Parameters: four-wheel drive Variant with 221 kW / 300 PS and driving properties that even guarantee exceptional performance on the North Loop of the Nürburgring.
  • Further. The new Golf GTD Variant was designed for people who want to go further in a sporty fashion and are looking for a very dynamic car with very low fuel consumption. For the first time, Volkswagen has therefore transferred the GTD idea to an Variant car – a new generation of long-distance express cars. Parameters: front-wheel drive 135 kW / 184 PS, aerodynamically refined with 15 mm lower sport chassis.

Golf R Variant – faster

First R in form of a Golf Variant. For the first time since the Golf R made its debut as the Golf R32 in 2002, an R-series model is launching as an Variant car. The exclusive Golf R Variant has a power output of 221 kW / 300 PS. Its turbocharged engine transfers up to 380 Nm of torque to the 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive system via a standard 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Contributing to the car's dynamic performance are a sport suspension (lowered 20 mm), an innovative progressive steering system and "ESC Sport" – which can be completely deactivated for use on a race track. The Golf R Variant accelerates from a standstill to 80 km/h (50 mph) in just 3.8 seconds and to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds. The top speed of the sports car among Variant cars is electronically governed to 250 km/h. Its fuel consumption figures show just how efficiently the turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the Golf R Variant works. On average, the sportiest Golf Variant model consumes just 7.0 l/100 km (equivalent to 164 g/km CO2). The new top model of the Golf Variant range was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH.

Volkswagen Golf R Variant

New rear design in "R" style. Looking at the exterior of the Golf R Variant, which is fitted with 18-inch "Cadiz" alloy wheels, the dominant lines of the Golf R hatchback were adopted up to the B pillars. Starting at the rear doors, special modifications outline the unique design of the Golf R Variant. At the rear, it is distinguished from the other Golf Variant models by a new bumper in "R" style, a high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome-plated tailpipe trims of the exhaust system, so-called "aero flaps" on the D-pillars and LED number plate light.

Spacious sports car. The Golf R Variant is one of very few sports cars that do not throw in the towel when it comes to leisure activities that require lots of space or even transporting an entire family. This Volkswagen could very well be the most versatile sports car on the market with a cargo volume of 605 to 1,620 litres. Inside, the new Golf R Variant features top sport seats in a "fabric-Alcantara" material mix, blue ambient lighting and overall sporty and exclusive features.

(Volkswagen Press Release)