Volkswagen is said to be working on a new high-performance Tiguan R model based on the upcoming coupe version of the crossover.
The new hot crossover will retain its five doors, but it will feature a raked roof to give it coupe styling. Under the hood, a version of the Golf R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will be used, producing around 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to a six-speed dual clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.
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The 0 to 60 mph times should be nearly the same as the Golf R Wagon, which makes the run in 5.1 seconds. Along with the powerful motor, the new VW crossover is said to get torque vectoring, adaptive dampers and specially tuned suspension all around. It will ride on the new MQB modular architecture and should take many of its styling cues from the VW Crossblue Coupe Concept (pictured above).
Standard versions of the upcoming Tiguan Coupe will offer 1.4- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines, while a plug-in hybrid variant will join the lineup sometime after launch.
The Mercedes-AMG GLA45 and the Audi RS Q3 will be the hot Tiguan’s main competition. The Tiguan Coupe should debut sometime in 2017 while the hotter R variant will probably appear sometime in 2018.
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