The Volkswagen Golf R Wagon we spotted in Arizona was no desert illusion, but instead a peek at the production-intent wagon version of the 296 horsepower Golf R hot hatch. Oh, and they're bringing one to the LA Auto Show.

Just like the three-door Golf R, the wagon (which they call "Variant" for some very German reason) version has a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo four putting down all that power to each of its giant 18-/19-inch wheels through a six-speed DSG and VW's 4MOTION permanent AWD system.

It also gets similar bodywork and and a variation of the car's interior just, you know, more of it.

*Does this mean they're bringing it to the U.S.? Technically, because it's in Los Angeles. Does this mean they're going to sell it here? I would suspect the U.S. debut and fanfare would mean that they are, however, Volkswagen has pulled this trick on us before.

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Let's put it this way, if they don't sell it here I think it's fair to say we've reached the preconditions under which, as a society, the social contract is ruptured to a point where it's ok to riot.