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2007-12-03 07:42
How to balance performance, style and space? If you drive a Golf station wagon, VW might just have the solution.

The Golf Variant RaVe 270 is the latest concept car from Volkswagens internal tuning arm Volkswagen Individual GmbH.

Essentially the idea behind this creation was to merge the practicality of the latest Golf station wagon with the dynamic feel and style of the more spirited performance models in the Golf stable: GTI and R32.


Aesthetically the Variant RaVe 270 brooks no argument about its intentions, this is Golf is more street racers family compromise than soccer moms everyday conveyance.

Nearly all the exterior styling details have been modified. The bumpers, radiator grille, side skirts, taillights, headlamps, and even the mirrors are all non-standard Gold Variant fare.

A neat detail is the use of the classic Golf radiator grille, giving the front end styling a retro feel.

RaVe 270 also features xenon headlamps with a distinct style by extending the engine hood and fenders and adding new special caps. At the rear end, there are two twin-fluted tailpipes on the left and right. Between them is a diffuser that provides for additional traction.

As befits a bespoke in-house tuning product, the RaVe 270 rides on outlandish 19-inch Zaragoza type wheels on a suspension system which has been lowered 20mm.


The interior features leather sports bucket seats emblazoned with the R-Logo and painted door handle recesses. Yet the amazing sound system is the real pièce de résistance of the interior treatment.

The basis for this unique system is the new RNS 510 radio-navigation system, managing the 1,400 Watt high-end sound system. A total of 13 loudspeakers are supplied via three powerful output amplifiers.

A strong 880 Watt subwoofer and two other 250 Watt subwoofers in chrome are responsible for the distinctly "palpable" sound. The 880 Watt subwoofer - just like the output amplifiers - is located so that it is visible on the cargo floor. Also integrated in the rear were two 12-inch monitors, so that the music of the best bands could not only be heard but seen too.


A station wagon it might be, but with a highly modified Golf GTI engine and the 4Motion all-wheel drive of the Golf R32 the RaVe 270 has the requisite performance credentials. Forces between the engine and all-wheel drive are distributed by the DSG dual clutch transmission.

The high-tech TSI is based on the engine of the Golf GTI Edition 30 whose power was already boosted from 147 kW to 169 kW. Modifications to the turbocharger, intercooling and engine electronics have raised power to 198kW and 350Nm in the RaVe 270 application.

After just 5.8 seconds, the Golf Variant RaVe 270 is already moving at 100 km/h. Top speed is governed at 250km/h. Despite its awesome driving performance, average fuel consumption of the Golf Variant RaVe 270 is just 9.1 litres per 100 kilometers.

The 18 inch Brembo braking system delivers impressive braking performance; the brake calipers painted in Anthracite gleam through the wheels.

Although it is still only a concept car wowing VW fans fortunate enough to attend the Essen motor show, VW Golf drivers with a serious performance itch and a budding family can live in hope to see some of the ideas behind the RaVe 270 come to fruition in production models soon.


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