Volkswagen decided to make a standalone brand name called “Volkswagen R” which is an in-house tuning division that takes Volkswagen models and adds sporty exterior styling, increases the power output and tunes the suspension. This is the same thing that BMW M and Mercedes-AMG do. I know the R nameplate has been around for a while but it’s only now that other Volkswagen models are getting the full-fledged R treatment like the Golf R.
There are already three R models that we know of which is the Golf R, T-Roc R and Touareg R. There are two more R models that Volkswagen is planning to reveal to the public and that is the Arteon R and Tiguan R. There have been several spy shots of these models either covered in camouflage or just bare naked and at the rear, you can spot the four tailpipes which are unique to R models only. These upcoming models are not to be confused with their normal R-Line counterparts which only add on styling features to the exterior and interior of the cars.
Judging from the specs of the current Touareg R, we suspect that the upcoming Arteon R will utilise the same 3.0-litre turbopetrol V6 engine mated with an electric motor, meaning it will be a plug-in hybrid. This will be enough to produce 456 hp (340 kW) and 700 Nm of torque and it should be faster than the Touareg R as it will be lighter. On the other hand, the Tiguan R might be subjected to a smaller 2.0 litre turbopetrol 4-cylinder that will be used in the next Golf 8 R. It is rumoured to produce just 322 hp (240 kW) of power and will be shifted on the quick 7-Speed DSG transmission.
The Arteon R will take on similar rivalries such as the Audi S5 and Kia Stinger GT. When looking at the competition, it seems like the Arteon will be the most powerful of the bunch. I applaud Volkswagen for finally expanding the R nameplate to other models in the line-up, probably they should consider a T-Cross GTi to balance the equation and make it more interesting in the subcompact crossover SUV segment.
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