Volkswagen is introducing a wagon variant of its tuned-up Golf R compact this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Like the Golf R hatchback slated to arrive stateside next spring, the Golf R wagon is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine that generates 296 hp and 280 pounds-feet of torque and is combined with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
VW says it’s the first time the all-wheel-drive Golf R sports car will be produced as a station wagon.
Unlike the Golf R hatchback, VW has no plans to sell the wagon variant in the U.S., according to a VW spokesman.
The wagon sits above the GTI in power and price, and rides 0.8 inches lower than the mainstream Golf.
With a 5.1-second 0-to-60 mph time, VW says the Golf R wagon has the same enthusiast credentials as its smaller sibling, but with cargo room that’s comparable to a small crossover.
Other performance-oriented features include a two-stage electronic stability control system that can be turned off for racetrack driving, rear diffuser, quad exhausts and R interior trim.