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Volkswagen Tiguan R: hot 320hp SUV open for orders

Motoring Research logo Motoring Research 25/02/2021 Richard Aucock
a car parked on the side of a road: Volkswagen Tiguan R © Provided by Motoring Research Volkswagen Tiguan R

Ordering has opened for the high-performance Volkswagen Tiguan R mid-size SUV, with prices from £45,915.

The first R version of the Tiguan – Volkswagen’s best-selling SUV globally – it is powered by the familiar 320hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine from the Golf R, delivering drive to all four wheels.

In combination with a seven-speed DSG gearbox, 0-62mph takes 4.9 seconds. Top speed has been electronically limited to 155mph.  

a car parked on the side of a road: Volkswagen Tiguan R © Provided by Motoring Research Volkswagen Tiguan R

The Tiguan R is 10mm lower than other versions and has adaptive suspension (DCC) as standard. It also has a clever R-Performance Torque Vectoring system, which splits drive both front and rear, and side-to-side.

Up to 100 percent of drive can be directed to the outside rear wheel in corners, which ‘eliminates understeer’, promises Volkswagen.

Large 21-inch wheels hide 18-inch brakes with blue R-branded calipers. Other R trademarks include:

  • Quad tailpipes
  • Matt chrome door mirror caps
  • R bodykit
  • Bespoke front and rear bumpers
  • Black rear diffuser

Gallery: Seat Tarraco (motor1)

An optional Akrapovic titanium exhaust system is available. This is lighter than the standard system and makes a sportier sound.

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Inside, there are Sardegna cloth sports seats, and an R steering wheel with new ‘R’ button that gives quick access to the various drive modes.

“The Tiguan has long been regarded as Volkswagen’s ultimate all-rounder,” said Volkswagen UK MD Andrew Savvas.

“Now, it 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.”

Mr Savvas added the Volkswagen R line will expand further later in the year, with the new Arteon R and Touareg R.

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