Spies in Germany captured the Eighth-generation Golf R Wagon (or Variant, on account of it is acknowledged overseas) in public. Disguised as an Alltrack, this prototype’s true identification is revealed by its large wheels, low-profile tires and giant, blue brakes. Even beneath camouflage, that’s one mighty tempting piece of forbidden fruit.
While the cladding does a powerful job of exaggerating this prototype’s journey peak, a bigger check out what’s inside these wheel arches tells the story. The blue calipers are a ineffective giveaway that it’s a VW effectivity model, and on account of seen axle nuts in any respect four corners, all people is conscious of it’s all-wheel drive. Throw in the quad-outlet exhaust, and there’s truly no question what it is we’re acceptable acceptable appropriate correct proper right here.
Even with its hodgepodge of physique panels, this R prototype is promising, significantly given how ho-hum the underside Golf Variant appeared early on. Unfortunately, we nonetheless don’t know what to anticipate from the next-generation Golf R’s powertrain, which this Variant will share with the hatchback mannequin.
Preliminary experiences have quick that the following Golf R will produce someplace between 315 and 330 horsepower, which is liable to be a powerful bump over the 292 horses outfitted in the outgoing model. Rumors have pointed to an on-again, off-again ‘Plus’ model based totally completely on the R400 thought with (appropriately) 400 hp, nevertheless until VW pulls the sheet off, we can not know for positive.
While the considered an R wagon has practically been a non-starter for the U.S. market, the widespread R is taken into account one in every of merely two Eighth-generation Golf fashions that is liable to be purchased acceptable acceptable appropriate correct proper right here. It is liable to be accompanied by its smaller sibling, the GTI; all non-enthusiast Golf fashions, sadly, are DOA.