WOLFSBURG BY NAME, WOLFISH BY NATURE
THE new Golf R wagon is no wolf in sheep’s clothing. It looks like the predator that it is, with a Wolfsburg badge, deep menacing growl and a ferocious turn of speed.
It might be a little heavier and a fraction slower than the hatch, but we’d defy anyone to pick the difference.
VW has just taken the wraps off a limited number of the eagerly awaited Golf R Wolfsburg models, priced from $56,990 for the hatch or $58,990 for the wagon, an $1850 sunroof the only option.
But, sadly, every last one of them has got a buyer. The company is not saying how many vehicles it has been allocated but it is trying its damnedest to get more.
At $4250 more than a standard Golf R, or $6250 in the case of the wagon, the Wolfsburgs get extra kit such as Nappa leather, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.
Until now there has been no high performance wagon.
Given the outputs, there’s plenty of performance. With all-wheel drive, a trick diff and fitted exclusively with a sixspeed DSG-style gearbox, it blasts from 0-100km/h in blistering 5.0 seconds (5.2 in the wagon).
The power comes on hot and strong, as the car tears through the ratios, with a bark from the four exhaust tips on each gear change. The steering is just as sharp and mid-corner grip is tenacious. CR