A prototype of what appears to be the Volkswagen Golf R Variant was spotted once again by our spy photographers undergoing testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

A prototype of what appears to be the Volkswagen Golf R Variant was spotted once again by our spy photographers undergoing testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

It's still a bit peculiar to see Volkswagen testing an R version of the Golf Variant taking into consideration the German marque isn't offering a more tamed GTI variant of the wagon. Apparently they have decided to skip the mid-range model and go straight for the range-topping R.

It will likely carry over the hatchback's 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine outputting 300 PS (221 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. Output will be channeled to a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with help from a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed DSG. Aside from being very fast, the Golf R Variant will also be capable of hauling large cargo as the trunk has a generous capacity of 605 liters with the seats up and 1,620 liters if you fold down the rear ones.

Volkswagen could decide to introduce the hot wagon this October at the Paris Motor Show, with sales possibly slated to kick off before the end of the year.

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