“Like the rest of the multi-award winning Golf family, the all-new 2015 SportWagen is a brilliantly packaged vehicle that delivers on performance, efficiency, and utility. All of these qualities make it the ideal support vehicle for USA Cycling, and we know the team will enjoy the SportWagen as they travel for competition throughout the season,” says Vinay Shahani, Vice President of Marketing at Volkswagen of America.
Volkswagen will be providing race vehicles to USA Cycling throughout the year and a Golf SportWagen emblazoned with “Team USA” will be featured at multiply USA Cycling National Championships, such as the Pro Road & Time Trial National Championships that will feature 32 SportWagens as support vehicles. The lucky winners of the Pro Road race will also receive a one-year lease on a new wagen.
“Professional bike racing is one of the most challenging environments in competitive sports, and we place extreme demands on our riders, equipment and team cars,” says Rob Borland, Chief Marketing Officer for USA Cycling. “The Golf SportWagen is the backbone of Team USA Cycling. It delivers precise handling, excellent roadholding and rock-solid dependability, helping us win races across the world.”
The SportWagen is fully equipped to hold the USA Cycling title. As an expanded version of the Golf, the SportWagen is designed to match fuel economy and driveability to the versatility of a small SUV. Versatility wise, the SportWagen has 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 66.5 cubic feet with them folded. So there’s more than enough room for bikes on the top rack and in the rear cargo area.
There are two powertrains available to drivers with the first being a 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine that cranks out 170 horsepower and comes in either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The second powertrain is for the VW diesel followers and has a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine, like the first option, but with TDI Clean Diesel. It gets 150 horses comes in either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.8T manual option has an EPA highway fuel economy of 36 mpg.
The latest version went on sale in April, starting at $21,395. So get out those helmets and pedal to the medal. VW is bringing the bike support.