Volkswagen Builds The Enthusiast's Dream Wagon
March 25th, 2014 8:46 PM Share
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.
Published March 26th, 2014 12:01 AM
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- Dukeisduke Why the hell doesn't Farley just resign? Why hasn't Bill Ford fired him? I lay all this at Farley's feet.
- Dukeisduke I tried watching the livestream (I'm a MT+ subscriber), but after 15 minutes of jawing by the presenters, I got bored and turned it off. I may watch it this weekend, when I can fast forward through that stuff, to get to the reveal.
- Dukeisduke Electric power steering, I assume. First-gen Chevy Cruzes can suffer from similar issues, usually traceable to a flaky battery negative cable, a $10 OEM part. Weird, huh?
- Kwik_Shift Once 15 Minute Cities start to be rolled out, you won't be far enough away from home to worry about range anxiety.
- Bobbysirhan I'd like to look at all of the numbers. The eager sheep don't seem too upset about the $1,800 delta over home charging, suggesting that the total cost is truly obscene. Even spending Biden bucks, I don't need $1,800 of them to buy enough gasoline to cover 15,000 miles a year. Aren't expensive EVs supposed to make up for their initial expense, planet raping resource requirements, and the child slaves in the cobalt mines by saving money on energy? Stupid is as stupid does.
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.
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.