By on March 26, 2014

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The wagon you’re looking at is actually not an enthusiast’s dream. It’s not a diesel, nor rear-drive. It may not have a manual, either. But it’s still a tasty bit of forbidden fruit.

Spotted by AutoGuide and their team of crack photographers, the Golf R Wagon is a bit like a baby Audi RS6. Using the Golf R’s 296 horsepower 2.0T engine and all-wheel drive, Volkswagen has created the ultimate version of what will be the next generation Jetta Sportwagen.

As far as we know, this is just a prototype, and we probably wouldn’t see this car in America. But we can at least gaze from afar.

 

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24 Comments on “Volkswagen Builds The Enthusiast’s Dream Wagon...”


  • avatar

    “The wagon you’re looking at is actually not an enthusiast’s dream. It’s not a diesel, nor rear-drive. It may not have a manual, either.”

    And it’s not brown. Deal-breaker.

  • avatar
    Sjalabais

    Weird how the R has become so omnipresent. I still think of one R only, when I hear that…it’s the 850R. Nice, brute wagon.

  • avatar
    krayzie

    If VW marketing is run by Audi, there will soon be an R variant for every model in the line-up.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    Many sins would be forgiven if this made our shores. In all honesty, though, I’d be fine with a GTI/GLI version. You could get a 2.0T wagon for a while, but it was missing the great seats, steering wheel, suspension, wheels, brakes, and exterior. The GTI is as much about the whole package as it is the engine.

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      Just as long as it doesn’t have plaid upholstery.

      • 0 avatar
        Quentin

        Plaid absolutely is a requirement for me. I looooved the plaid in my MKV GTI. I think the lack of plaid is half the reason I’m not in love with the current Golf R.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I agree with Quentin. If it is a GTI wagon, the plaid must stay. You can buy it without plaid if you get leather.

          • 0 avatar
            Redshift

            You actually bring up a very good point. Opens up some options and may have to consider this thing if it gets to Canada.
            I did a similar thing with my 99 Civic SiR coupe. (Canadian Si)
            Flogged it for 4 and a half years and then sold it for 75% of what I paid for it before the bottom fell out of the Fast and Furious market.

          • 0 avatar
            FormerFF

            I had an ’87 GTI, and it seems to me that the fabric was sort of a horizontal stripey fade kind of thing. When did the plaid fabric appear?

          • 0 avatar
            Redshift

            Darn thing posted my response in the thread above mine and won’t let me change it. Sorry.

          • 0 avatar
            jayzwhiterabbit

            Well, in VW’s case, pleather.

          • 0 avatar
            sgeffe

            @Redshift: Honda yanked itself out of the ricer-tuner market anyway with the integrated exhaust manifold on the newer K-blocks, even before that whole thing fell apart! (Even though your Civic didn’t have that handicap.)

  • avatar
    Redshift

    If it comes here,I might be forced to consider a VW… Well. Not purchase. Still not sure I could own a VW. Lease perhaps? Ticks a lot of the daily driver boxes for me.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      With this thing, you are probably okay buying. Just wait until no one buys it an get big discounts. Then you can drive it for the 3/36 bumper to bumper period. You’d be able to sell it to someone who demanded VW bring it to America, but wouldn’t pony up the $35K it costs. This is what I did with an MKV R32. The depreciation from my purchase price to what I sold it for was around 10%.

  • avatar
    NotFast

    You need to relax. Close down your Tor gateway and go eat some buttered toast.

  • avatar
    sproc

    I don’t know about a “baby RS6.” I think this would notch right between a S3 Sportback and an S4 Avant in both performance and size. Assuming it might be around the price of the former and a good bit cheaper than the latter, it pegs my five-door desireability meter.

    I need to put down my morning glue if I start thinking any of those cars have a chance of coming here.

    • 0 avatar
      xflowgolf

      Agree the RS6 comparison is shooting a bit too high. I say this car would have lots of enthusiast cred if it comes with the trim and drivetrain of the current R, including the 6-speed manual.

  • avatar
    whynot

    If you want to be that anal, they aren’t Autoblog’s pictures either, they are CarPix’s. Who probably distributed them to anyone who was willing to pay for them. This is also evident by the fact that AutoGuide’s story with pictures was up 28 minutes BEFORE Autoblog’s…

  • avatar
    xflowgolf

    The engineering costs would be minimal, everything already exists for the platform, it could be assembled alongside it’s stable mates in Mexico, and it has virtually zero competition. Much like the CTS-V wagon, does it really matter how many they sell? It’d be a great marketing piece.

    What other 300ish HP awd manual wagon exists in the US?

    The old V70R is extinct. The Legacy GT wagon is extinct. The new S4 Avant is LOTS more money. There’s no word if the S3 will come to the US as a wagon, let alone with a manual. Even the WRX/STI is more of a hatchback, and the newest body style have not yet been shown to offer a wagon variant.

    With a 2.0T this should get respectable highway mpg. This would be very high on the ultimate daily driver want list for me should it come to exist.

  • avatar
    fredtal

    I can’t see that the Golf R ever made it to the USA. Some posts back in 2013 suggested a price of $35,000. So this wagon would be upwards of $40,000 if it was here now. Still I suppose it would appeal to all us A3 owners who don’t want the new sedan. Although I’m not going to wait for it.


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