It is safe to say that the Volkswagen R brand is off to a rocketing pace and it’s gaining quite a lot of attention, primarily that is because of the foundation the Golf R has laid for the badge. The goal of this R badge is just like any other performance badge in the market and that is to take everyday economy vehicles and turning them into hardcore, agile performance cars and we have witnessed that first hand with the Golf 7.5 R by not just being fast but providing the best of both worlds regarding performance and comfort.
The next in line to be tweaked and tuned are the Arteon and Tiguan which will be sharing engines with the Golf 7.5 R but with a power boost. The EA888 2.0-litre turbopetrol 4-cylinder produces 316 hp (235 kW) and 420 Nm of torque accompanied with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox has been added alongside a torque vectoring system. Both the Tiguan R and Arteon R come with the facelifted visage, additionally having an upgraded exterior look. To let you know that this is an R model, a newly designed, dedicated R badge can be spotted on the front grille, front fenders, and boot lid.
Both cars have similar exterior characteristics like a larger front grille, aggressive air intakes, bigger 21-inch wheels and the signature quad-exhaust tailpipes. The Arteon R however has a strip LED light on the front grille just like the one seen on the new Golf 8. You can also get the Arteon R with a Shooting Brake body style which looks okay but not the best in our books.
The Tiguan R is mentioned to be sitting 10 mm lower than the normal variant which should improve on better cornering but it’s not going to be that much considering that this is a tall car and body roll is evident on SUVs. The front LED Headlights have been mildly redesigned and have taken inspiration from the new Golf’s headlights.
If you look at the R brand, there are now five models and three of them have just joined the range this year. There is the T-Roc R, Tiguan R, Arteon R, Touareg R, and the upcoming Golf 8 R. The Touareg R and Arteon R have not been confirmed for South Africa and the T-Roc R is still in some consideration and if it is deemed worthy for the SA market, then it should be arriving in 2021.