Looks like a family van with a more relaxed look, but hides a more careful dynamics and an engine with more than 300 horsepower
The arrival of the new generation of Volkswagen Golf slowly begins to fill its entire range, both in the versions with the highest number of sales, as in the more specific ones that many of us dream of, but few (in Portugal) end up buying. One of them is the 320 horsepower R version with the most familiar bodywork in the Golf range, the van.
From the outside it looks like a traditional van, with some care in the image. There are several already in circulation that are even similar to this one, if they include the aesthetic package with the R-Line signature. But this is really the sportiest version of the Golf range, despite the familiar look.
The history of R versions began in 2002 with the presentation of the Golf R32 still in its fourth generation. It was the answer for those who were not content with the Golf GTI at the time and served to debut important components such as the 4Motion all-wheel drive system or the DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
It wasn’t a huge success, not least because it was only a short time in commercialization, but it started a legion of fans who see the Golf R as the perfect solution for their day-to-day needs. An incredible sports car dressed as a family and that, despite being expensive, does not reach the level of obscenity that we currently find in other models or brands.
Back to Golf R Estate. It is the second time that the brand bets on this format for the most powerful version of the range. To identify it, we can start with the sportier look ensured by the sportier bumpers and the larger wheels that can reach 19 inches in diameter.
In a more clinical look, let’s still discover the four generous oval tailpipes, two on each side of the rear section and a reduced ground clearance by around 20 mm. The rearview mirror covers are also painted gray in this version.
The engine is precisely the same that also equips the five-door version. The four-cylinder 2.0 block is the fourth generation of the EA888 and now hits 320 horsepower, 20 more than its predecessor. And the maximum torque has also been increased to 420Nm, being constantly available between 2100rpm and 5350rpm.
In addition, the DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox is still present. , as well as a 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system, and this latest version features a new torque vectoring system. This allows, among other things, access to a new “drift” driving mode, which simplifies this maneuver, but there is also a new “special” mode, perfect for a more precise driving on the track.
In terms of performance, the Golf R van can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and reach 250 km/ha, which is limited by electronics. With the presence of the R Performance Package, available as an option, this value rises to 270 km/h.
On board, the R version also has something more special to offer, with sportier seats and more evident support, a specific decoration with blue tones present all over the place, but also with all the more modern image that characterizes the eighth generation Volkswagen Golf and the space and versatility that are added by the van. PUB