More technology and visual features. Optimum and optional:anyone wishing to give the look of the new Golf R Estate an even more stylish touch than it already has ex works can order the R Performance package. This upgrades the Golf R Estate visually with larger wheels as well as offering technical benefits.
The Special and Drift profiles. Specifically designed for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the Special profile gives the car a set-up that meets the distinctive requirements of what is probably the most demanding race track in the world. Part of this is that the shock absorbers are set to Comfort – for optimum road contact – because of the enormous strain that occurs during peak performance on this type of natural track. The adaptive chassis control system DCC also has a special vertical set-up here. By means of the Vehicle Dynamics Manager and selective wheel torque control, a special transverse dynamic set-up is also achieved for optimum cornering on the Nürburgring. The downshifts in automatic DSG mode perfectly match every initial braking manoeuvre going into the bends, according to brake pressure. The current gear is also maintained depending on the lateral acceleration and the speed at which the accelerator is released (“fast off”). In manual DSG mode, the otherwise usual forced upshifts no longer apply. For the turbocharged engine, this means that the load changes are adjusted in order to optimise steering response and lateral dynamics. In addition, engine speed is increased to improve set-off performance and the accelerator pedal characteristics have been given a new set-up for optimum control (this function – called Sport+ – is only available in Special and Drift). Steering and 4MOTION with R Performance torque vectoring are programmed to Race, while ESC is fully activated.
In Drift, the set parameters for the ESC control (automatic change to ESC Sport) and the distribution of power via the all-wheel drive system enable drifting (Drift setting in 4MOTION with R Performance torque vectoring). To ensure that the profile is only selected on private roads, the infotainment system always displays a confirmation prompt before it is activated. Those feeling particularly confident can of course entirely deactivate the ESC function in the Golf R Estate if they wish.
Higher maximum speed. A standard top speed of 250 km/h is more than enough for most roads – but there are some customers who enjoy the option of being able to drive even faster. This is what the R Performance package provides: it includes the removal of the electronic speed limit of 250 km/h, allowing a top speed of 270 km/h.
The 19-inch Estoril wheel. The optional R Performance package also includesthe Estoril wheel model in the size 8Jx19 with 235/35 R 19 tyres. The spokes here are optionally burnished, with the inner surfaces in black for a sporty, refined contrast, or else there is the option of a complete black finish.