A prototype of the Volkswagen Golf R Variant has been spotted undergoing last minute testing around the Nürburgring.

A prototype of the Volkswagen Golf R Variant has been spotted undergoing last minute testing around the Nürburgring.

Our sources have confirmed Volkswagen has green-lighted the Golf R Variant for production and the hot wagon will make its official debut in December at the Essen Motor Show. Just like the hatchback, the more practical Variant adopts an aggressive body matched with a stiffer suspension, enlarged brakes and beefier wheels.

Borrowed from the Golf R is the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine generating 300 HP (221 kW) and a maximum torque of 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) channeled to a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system through a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed DSG. The Golf R hatch needs 4.9 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) when equipped with the DSG and 5.1 seconds with the manual but the wagon will be a few ticks of a second slower because it's a bit heavier.

We remind you the Volkswagen Golf R hatchback costs €38,325 in Germany so expect the wagon to be a tad more expensive.

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