The big-booted version of Volkswagen's superhatch VW Golf R is finally unveiled. It will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, 2014. This is the first time when the Golf R model has been developed in an estate bodystyle.

Just like its hatchback predecessor, the new Golf R Estate takes its power from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine that is able to produce up to 300 ps from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm and 380 Nm of maximum torque available from just 1,800 rpm to 5,500 rpm. It is transmitted via a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) to the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This is a certain recipe for maximum traction, excellent performance and active safety.

But how powerful is it? The manufacturer quotes a 0-50 mph, taking just 3.8 seconds, and 0-62 mph of 5.1 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Nevertheless, on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the Golf R Estate consumes only 7.0 l/100 km or 40.4 mpg which is equal to average CO2 emissions of 163 g/km.

The design of the 2015 Golf R Estate is similar to that of the Golf hatchback up to the B-pillars. Yet, what really identifies and differentiates the car from the rest is the new R design bumper, a high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome-plated tailpipe trims, so-called ‘aero flaps' on the D-pillars, cherry-red taillights and LED number plate illumination. There are also specific 18-inch ‘Cadiz' alloy wheels and black-painted brake calipers with R logo which add finishing touches on the overall appearance. Optional 19-inch ‘Pretoria' flow-formed wheels (exceptionally lightweight and sturdy) in motorsport design are available as well.

The interior of the Golf R Estate imitates the appeal of the hatchback version. It comes with Alcantara upholstery, R logos on the seats and steering wheel, a high level of standard equipment and blue highlights.

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Source: Volkswagen