Golf Alltrack, Golf R Variant and Golf GTD Variant: The Most Exclusive Golf Variants Ever Launch in 2015

Golf Alltrack: crossover of Variant car and SUV brings together on- and off-road worlds

Golf R Variant: 300 PS Variant car has four-wheel drive and DSG as standard

Golf GTD Variant: sporty diesel icon is new long-distance express car

Ten key facts about the new versions of the Golf Variant:

1. Volkswagen is further extending the worldwide successful Golf Variant range upwards with the “Alltrack”, “R” and “GTD” versions
2. “Alltrack”: passenger car and SUV in one – the new Golf Alltrack brings together the on- and off-road worlds, both technically and visually
3. “Alltrack”: off-road driving profile, 4MOTION four-wheel drive as standard and 20 mm additional ground clearance perfect the vehicle’s characteristics on unpaved trails
4. “Alltrack”: engines produce 81 kW / 110 PS (TDI), 110 kW / 150 PS (TDI), 132 kW / 180 PS (TSI) and 135 kW / 184 PS (TDI)
5. “GTD Variant”: top speed of up to 231 km/h, yet consuming a mere 4.4 l/100 km with a 6-speed manual gearbox
6. “GTD Variant”: engine develops 135 kW / 184 PS of power and an impressive 380 Nm of torque
7. “GTD Variant”: bi-xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, “Composition Touch” radio system and automatic climate control come as standard
8. “R Variant”: 300 PS four-wheel drive Variant will be a top-class sports car among compact Variant cars
9. “R Variant”: most powerful Golf Variant accelerates to 80 km/h in 3.8 seconds and reaches 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds
10. “R Variant”: all-round vehicle with top speed of 250 km/h features 6-speed DSG with coasting function that executes automatic gear changes as standard equipment

The Golf Variant from Volkswagen is one of the most successful compact Variant cars with over two million units sold. It is a car as versatile as the legendary “Swiss army knife”. In its recently launched latest generation, the best-seller – that is based on the Golf VII – was refined into a stylish all-round vehicle that addresses the needs and wishes of a wide variety of target groups. Today, the range of versions begins with the Golf Variant 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology Trendline with 63 kW / 85 PS and finishes with the new Golf R Variant with 221 kW / 300 PS. The model range was extended to follow the trend of increasingly higher demand for more customised versions of the Golf Variant. That is why no fewer than three new and exclusive models that follow this trend are making their debut in 2015, causing a stir in the compact Variant class: the Golf Alltrack, the already mentioned Golf R Variant and the Golf GTD Variant. They were all created based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) – an innovative technology system in which Volkswagen can implement all conceivable drive types.

  • Higher. The new Golf Alltrack combines the best of on-road and off-road driving. A lifestyle Variant car with standard four-wheel drive and a custom design, which plays out its strengths on all types of terrain and does never quit, not even on the highest of mountain passes on the way to a skiing vacation. Parameters: 4MOTION, four torque-strong engines with 81 kW / 110 PS to 135 kW / 184 PS and an additional 20 mm of ground clearance.
  • Faster. The new Golf R Variant was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH for those who really want to drive faster. Faster in the sense of a top-class sports car. Therefore, Volkswagen transferred the Golf R engine and chassis to the Golf Variant, resulting in one of the sportiest compact Variant cars. Parameters: four-wheel drive Variant with 221 kW / 300 PS and driving properties that even guarantee exceptional performance on the North Loop of the Nürburgring.
  • Further. The new Golf GTD Variant was designed for people who want to go further in a sporty fashion and are looking for a very dynamic car with very low fuel consumption. For the first time, Volkswagen has therefore transferred the GTD idea to an Variant car – a new generation of long-distance express cars. Parameters: front-wheel drive 135 kW / 184 PS, aerodynamically refined with 15 mm lower sport chassis.

Golf Alltrack – higher

First Alltrack as a Golf Variant. In 2012, Volkswagen introduced the Passat Alltrack to close the gap between the on-road and off-road worlds. Now Germany’s most successful automaker is transferring this concept to another vehicle class with the new Golf Alltrack. Technical and visual features of the Golf Alltrack include a 4MOTION four-wheel drive system, higher ground clearance, wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers and many other independent exterior and interior features. One petrol engine (TSI) and three diesel engines (TDI) are available as drive units for the Golf Alltrack – all are powerful turbocharged direct-injection engines. The 1.8 TSI that produces 132 kW / 180 PS is an entirely new addition to the Golf line-up. TDI versions of the Golf Alltrack are offered at these power levels: 81 kW / 110 PS (1.6 TDI), 110 kW / 150 PS (2.0 TDI) and 135 kW / 184 PS (2.0 TDI). The versions with 180 PS and 184 PS transfer their power to the four-wheel drive system via a standard 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG).

4MOTION, EDL, XDS+. The Golf Alltrack was designed for good performance on both paved roads and light off-road terrain. The 4MOTION four-wheel drive system with its innovative Haldex coupling creates the foundation for this performance. In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts as a longitudinal lock, the four-wheel EDL system – operating as an electronic differential lock which is integrated in the ESC electronic stability control system – assumes the role of electronic transverse locks at both axles. In addition, the Golf Alltrack is also equipped with the supplemental XDS+ system at the front and rear axles. It optimises steering response by applying brief braking interventions at the wheels on the inside of a bend during fast cornering.

High maximum trailer weight. The combination of the 20 mm higher ground clearance, “Offroad” driving profile and 4MOTION four-wheel drive system give the Golf Alltrack off-road driving traits that are more typical of an SUV. The Golf Alltrack not only offers exceptionally good off-road properties and active safety benefits, but it is also an ideal towing vehicle, designed to handle trailer weights of up to 2,000 kg (braked on 12 % incline).
Golf R Variant – faster

First R in form of a Golf Variant. For the first time since the Golf R made its debut as the Golf R32 in 2002, an R-series model is launching as an Variant car. The exclusive Golf R Variant has a power output of 221 kW / 300 PS. Its turbocharged engine transfers up to 380 Nm of torque to the 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive system via a standard 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Contributing to the car’s dynamic performance are a sport suspension (lowered 20 mm), an innovative progressive steering system and “ESC Sport” – which can be completely deactivated for use on a race track. The Golf R Variant accelerates from a standstill to 80 km/h (50 mph) in just 3.8 seconds and to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds. The top speed of the sports car among Variant cars is electronically governed to 250 km/h. Its fuel consumption figures show just how efficiently the turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the Golf R Variant works. On average, the sportiest Golf Variant model consumes just 7.0 l/100 km (equivalent to 164 g/km CO2). The new top model of the Golf Variant range was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH.

New rear design in “R” style. Looking at the exterior of the Golf R Variant, which is fitted with 18-inch “Cadiz” alloy wheels, the dominant lines of the Golf R hatchback were adopted up to the B pillars. Starting at the rear doors, special modifications outline the unique design of the Golf R Variant. At the rear, it is distinguished from the other Golf Variant models by a new bumper in “R” style, a high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome-plated tailpipe trims of the exhaust system, so-called “aero flaps” on the D-pillars and LED number plate light.

Spacious sports car. The Golf R Variant is one of very few sports cars that do not throw in the towel when it comes to leisure activities that require lots of space or even transporting an entire family. This Volkswagen could very well be the most versatile sports car on the market with a cargo volume of 605 to 1,620 litres. Inside, the new Golf R Variant features top sport seats in a “fabric-Alcantara” material mix, blue ambient lighting and overall sporty and exclusive features.
Golf GTD Variant – further

First GTD as a Golf Variant. It was 33 years ago when the first Golf GTD entered the market. It became an icon of all sporty diesels. This was due to the fascinating and almost unique ability of the GTD to combine the performance of a sports car with the fuel economy of a small car. Now, for the first time since the original Golf GTD made its debut in 1982, Volkswagen is launching the sportiest of all compact diesels as an Variant. The agile diesel Variant car is powered by a 135-kW / 184-PS 2.0-litre TDI engine. Combined fuel consumption with a 6-speed manual gearbox: 4.4 l/100 km (equating to 115 g/km CO2). Optionally, Volkswagen offers the GTD Variant with a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). With a low fuel consumption figure of just 4.8 l/100 km (CO2: 125 g/km), the new Variant proves to be exceptionally efficient. It achieves low emissions using technologies such as a NOx storage catalytic converter.

Front-wheel drive, XDS+, ESC Sport. The 2.0-litre common rail turbodiesel of the front-wheel drive Golf GTD Variant is characterised by extreme power. This engine develops its maximum torque of 380 Nm already at a low 1,750 rpm. This focused turbocharged efficiency lets the new Golf GTD Variant accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds with either gearbox version, while a top speed of 231 km/h (DSG: 229 km/h) reveals it to be a true sports car among diesel Variants. Other attributes of its special positioning are its sporty customised design in GT style and standard features such as the XDS+ driving dynamics function, ESC Sport, progressive steering, sport chassis (lowered by 15 mm) and 17-inch (“Curitiba”) wheels with 225 tyres.