The Golf R estate will be seen in UK dealers next Spring
The estate is part of the fourth-generation Golf R range
Seats-up boot capacity is placed at 605 litres
Folding the rear seats down increases the available load space to 1620 litres
The performance-oriented cabin mirrors that of the hatchback
Drive is channeled through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission
VW claims an official 0-62mph sprint time of 5.1 seconds
The Golf R estate has a limited top speed of 155mph
VW says the Golf R estate can return up to 40.3mpg
This latest Golf R estate prototype model was spotted testing at the Nürburgring
The Golf R estate is likely to reach 62mph in less than five seconds
Volkswagen's R brand has greater flexibility than the GTI badge, thanks to its all-wheel drive capability
An estate version of the Golf GTI has previously been ruled out
The Golf R would be powered by a 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine
Officially, VW says it is still deciding whether to make an estate version of the Golf R
The fourth-generation Volkswagen Golf R line-up has been extended with the launch of a rapid new estate model.
Revealed at the Los Angeles motor show, the Golf R estate is slated for UK delivery next spring. Power comes from the same turbocharged 2.0-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine as the existing three- and five-door hatchback versions of the Golf R.
With 296bhp and 380lb ft of torque, it drives through a standard six-speed dual shift gearbox and multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system to provide the Golf R estate with an official 0-62mph time of 5.1sec and limited 155mph top speed along with combined fuel consumption of 40.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 163g/km.
Load capacity increases by 262-litres over the five-door Golf R, at 605 litres, extending to 1620 litres when the rear seats are folded away.
The car has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring in various guises this year, with the project reputedly given the green light due to the flexibility of the R badge compared to other VW offerings like the GTI line-up.
See what happened when we pitted the regular Golf R hatchback against the Seat Leon Cupra 280 in the video below.
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