WOLFS­BURG BY NAME, WOLFISH BY NA­TURE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TESTS -

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

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