Volkswagen may be shifting towards making hybrids and electric vehicles, but that hasn't stopped the Wolfsburg-based automaker from making high-performance vehicles. After launching the 315 HP Golf R several weeks ago, the automaker has released yet another 300+ horsepower machine.
It's the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan R, and it's slightly punchier than its hatchback brethren. Like the Golf R, the Tiguan also packs a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder under its hood. However, the crossover makes 320 HP – 5 more than the hatchback. Torque, on the other hand, is rated at 420 Nm, which is similar to that of the Golf R.
Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The result is a 0 – 100 km/h time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.
To ensure the Tiguan R maintains traction at speed, Volkwagen installed a system called the R-Performance Torque Vectoring. Not only does it help distribute the power between the front and rear axles, but it also distributes it variably between the left and right rear wheels. With it, Volkswagen claims it delivers improved handling and agility.
Helping the Tiguan R shave off speed are massive 18-inch disc brakes, while adaptively controlled dampers lower the Tiguan R's ride height by 10mm and deliver better handling. An optional titanium exhaust system from Akrapovic ensures the Tiguan R comes with a throaty exhaust note.
As far as styling is concerned, Volkswagen made sure the high-performance crossover looked the part. It has R design front and rear bumpers, side mirror covers finished in matte chrome, stylish 20-inch alloy wheels, high-gloss black elements. If you prefer the Tiguan R with a predominantly black exterior, it's also available with the optional Black Style design package.
The interior, meanwhile, reminds would-be owners they are in something special. Splashes of the R logo are scattered throughout the cabin, while a custom digital instrument panel with an integrated lap timer makes for a time-keeping device while out on the track. Finally, it also has premium sport leather seats, sporty blue accents, and LED ambient lighting that provides a sporty-looking cabin.
What are the chances of Volkswagen Philippines bringing the Tiguan R here? Unless Volkswagen China (where the company currently sources the units) starts building several examples of the 320 HP crossover, we can only dream of getting behind the wheel of such a machine.