Volkswagen has announced spec and pricing for a Wolfsburg edition Golf R; a far cry from the first Beetle produced at the original Wolfsburg production factory over half a century ago.

The limited edition models add further spec to the familiar hatch, and for the first time a Golf R wagon will also be available.

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The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the Golf R will remain the same in both Wolfsburg models, producing 206kW from 5100-6500rpm and 380Nm from 1800-5100rpm. The wagon adds 74kg weight and accelerates to 100km/h in 5.2sec, 0.2sec slower than the hatch.

The driveline will also remain unchanged with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic the only transmission available, while 4-motion all-wheel drive provides drive to all four tyres.

The hometown homage Golf R is distinctly recognisable via unique-to-Wolfsburg black Pretoria 19-inch alloys, black mirrors and roof rails (for the wagon), and an exclusive Wolfsburg badge representing a wolf and castle. Pictured ripping down a moonlit mountain pass it all looks a little reminiscent of a scene from the original Wolfenstein.

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Other standard features found over the Golf R include carbon seats trimmed in Nappa leather, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, occupant protection system and blind spot monitoring.

Available in only three exterior colours, Volkswagen Australia has set pricing for the Wolfsburg Golf R hatch at $56,990 (excluding on-roads); an additional $1750 over Golf R. The wagon will cost an additional $2000 over the hatch, at $58,990 excluding on-roads.

The additional spec over the Golf R, and that very cool badge, should prove a hit for the Volkswagen Group, but it’s certainly the wagon that will have tails wagging.

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