Volkswagen has introduced a hot ‘R’ model to the Tiguan, which is now available to order.
Featuring the same 316bhp turbocharged petrol engine that’s found in the firm’s brilliant Golf R hot hatchback, this sporty Tiguan is able to go from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed limited to 155mph. Power is delivered to all wheels via Volkswagen’s 4Motion system, while a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox is also used.
It’s equipped with a torque vectoring system that helps to deliver performance to the wheels with the most grip, leading to more agile handling and eliminating understeer. Configurable adaptive chassis control is also included.
Styling changes to separate it from other Tiguans include its quad-exit exhaust system (a trademark on Volkswagen ‘R’ models), as well as 21-inch alloy wheels with an 18-inch performance braking system. It also comes with matte chrome door mirrors, revised bumpers, a black rear diffuser and blue painted brake callipers. Buyers can also choose a more raucous Akrapovic exhaust system.
Inside, it gains part Alcantara sports seats and a heated sports steering wheel, with other standard kit including digital dials, Matrix LED headlights, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control.
Andrew Savvas, managing director at Volkswagen UK, said: “The Tiguan has long been regarded as Volkswagen’s ultimate all-rounder, possessing space, power, quality, flexibility and the security of 4Motion four-wheel drive. Now, the Tiguan has another feather in its cap – a genuine performance SUV model, honed for spirited drivers by Volkswagen’s respected R division. This makes it an even more thrilling and sporty driving experience.
“The arrival of the R goes one step further to demonstrate the versatility of the Tiguan range, only a week after two new punchy petrol variants were added to the line-up. With a range of talents like this, it’s little wonder that the Tiguan was the best-selling Volkswagen SUV across the globe last year.”
Priced from £45,915, first deliveries of the Tiguan R are expected to arrive shortly, with the model set to be followed later in the year by ‘R’ versions of the Arteon and flagship Touareg.Enquire on a new Volkswagen Tiguan R