In contrast to Mercedes-AMG, Volkswagen’s R efficiency division isn’t a lot of a sub-brand. Whereas the VW Golf R stays the business’s quintessential sizzling hatch, there’s no scarcity of rivals prepared and keen to usurp its place as a section chief. Additionally, one mannequin doesn’t a sub-brand make.
Down the street from VW’s Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters, the executives in Stuttgart can’t AMG-ify Mercedes-Benz merchandise quick sufficient. SUVs, “coupe” variants of SUVs, sedans, and legit coupes are all going underneath the knife, rising with taut suspension, improved driving dynamics, and an all-important shot of horsepower — historically in “sturdy” and “further sturdy” doses. Not solely does it enhance an automaker’s picture, it additionally helps promote high-profit utility autos.
Volkswagen requires a few of Mercedes-AMG’s medication. Now, in accordance with a current report, it could have the treatment it’s in search of.
Based on Automotive and Driver, the automaker finest identified for making wildly unlawful diesel vehicles is planning so as to add new residents to the R secure. No, this isn’t one other tepid try to attract on the R division’s heritage and fame with out including actual tooth to an current mannequin — let the model’s R-Line trim deal with that. Phrase is that VW needs actual energy backing up its nameplates.
The unannounced product push reportedly considerations the lately unveiled T-Roc small crossover (unavailable in North America), the next-generation Golf R, and doubtlessly the Tiguan, Touareg, and upcoming Arteon premium sedan. There’s already rumours of a a lot hotter Gold R on the best way. German newspaper Bild reported final month on an eighth-generation Golf R sporting 350 horsepower — a serious enhance from the present mannequin’s 292 hp. A beefed-up GTI can also be within the works.
The Arteon, a higher-end alternative for the Passat-derived CC, is anticipated to seem on U.S. shores subsequent 12 months. In Europe, engine selection supplied to premium patrons tops out at a 270-horsepower 2.Zero-liter, although there’s good purpose to imagine that the American public received’t look kindly on that pony rely. The 2018 Toyota Camry V6 delivers 301 hp, in spite of everything.
Whereas VW would possibly select to drop a V6 into its U.S.-bound Arteon, the 280-horsepower Touareg stays one thing of a clean slate for VW. Due for a 2019 redesign, the Touareg’s lofty entry value and single powerplant at present doesn’t enamour it to many patrons. That might change with new pores and skin and a decrease MSRP. Having an R mannequin sitting atop the mannequin lineup (which actually treads in Mercedes-Benz territory now) may spark added curiosity, simply as a warmer Tiguan, redesigned for 2018, may do the identical for VW’s smaller utility automobile.
VW’s U.S. comeback technique rests on SUVs, and affixing an R label to a few utility autos actually wouldn’t hurt the corporate’s intentions. What hardcore Golf R followers consider it’s one other matter.