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Volkswagen Golf R Variant unveiled before LA debut, gets 300 PS engine

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New Golf R Variant is principally an estate version of Golf R, which the company boasts as a winning combination of practicality and performance. R Variant has a number of distinctions on exteriors, compared to the regular hatchback model.

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Sales of new Volkswagen Golf R Variant will commence in the spring of 2015, and first deliveries slated to begin in summer.

The station wagon gets new R design front and rear bumpers, large air intakes, prominent radiator grille with R emblem, Bi-Xenon headlamps with embedded Daytime Running Lights (DRL) aligning with the chrome centre slat, contrast silver coloured side mirror caps, silver roof rails, LED tail lamps, new high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome exhaust tips and licence plate lighting.

Interiors of new Volkswagen R Variant get racy seats with Alcantara and fabric blend, complimented by ornamental stitching in crystal grey. Seat backrest gets R logo to add to sportiness. To further R Variant’s premium appeal, the German automaker offers (as an option) a Nappa Carbon leather package, that comprises of varied leather combinations for certain surfaces. Rest of embellishments on interior include blue ambient lighting, infotainment system on centre console with sizeable display and automatic air conditioning.

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In the UK market, Volkswagen Golf R Variant is called, Golf R Estate.

Whats more catchy is that new Volkswagen Golf R Variant draws 300 PS max power and 380 Nm peak torque from a 2.0 litre TSI petrol engine, mated to six speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) that is linked to a 4Motion All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. It is the same engine that does duty in Golf R hatchback model, with the help of which, the new station wagon variant sprints from 0-100 kmph in 5.1 seconds and flaunts top speed of 250 kmph (that is limited electronically). Mileage of VW Golf R Variant is claimed to be 14.28 kmpl, in New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Other special features offered in Golf R hatchback model are also equipped in estate version, like Driving Profile Selector with Eco, Normal, Individual and Race modes, and ESC Sport stability control system.