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A winding country road, an autumn storm and two very powerful estates – with an age gap of about 25 years: the ancestor, the Golf III Variant VR6 syncro, and its latest offspring, the Golf R Variant, come face to face. What will there be to talk about?

The Golf III Variant VR6 syncro definitely comes out on top when it comes to scarcity value, there aren’t even as many as 100 of them on Germany’s roads these days.
Understatement now and then: where the new Golf R Variant now has two dual-chamber chrome exhaust pipes, the Golf III Variant VR6 syncro had just one steel, downward sloped dual-chamber exhaust in its day. But the syncro was still a very sporty estate at the time.

A storm back then, a tornado today – but always with family on board

Owner Lars Kitzmann with his Golf III Variant VR6 syncro (built in 1996) in his element – and making the most of the six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. The VR6 was also available with a 2.8-litre capacity and 174 PS.
Two real motorheads: Lars Kitzmann (right) bought the Golf III Variant VR6 syncro with 259,000 kilometres on the clock for an unbeatable 1,450 euros (original price in excess of 50,000 marks). He lovingly restored it with the help of Mario Wipper (left). Now, the smooth-running 2.9-litre six-cylinder engine is a sought-after, rare classic.

25 years, one promise

Interior of the Volkswagen Golf R Variant: The future, now - fully digital cockpit with special animations, big shift paddles behind the multifunction steering wheel with touch features and a rising centre console with integrated DSG gear lever.
Interior of the Volkswagen Golf III Variant VR6 syncro: Ahead of its time and competition even then - tidy cockpit with climate control and CD control above that, leather seats, a generously upholstered armrest, electric windows and a five-speed transmission.