Volkswagen Tiguan R is tested with the 5-cylinder engine taken from the Audi RS models

The 2.5-liter engine found on Audi, on the TT RS and RS3 models will be found under the hood of the new Volkswagen Tiguan R, in a slightly modified version. The sporting version of the Tiguan was caught testing on the Nürburgring circuit.

Although VW has not provided more information, company director Herbert Diess has previously revealed that there is plenty of room for other R models, in the VW range. According to Diess, the VW sporty SUVs will get the R logo, while the GTI logo will be reserved for Golf models and the upcoming Up.


Tiguan R will be even faster than the powerful Tiguan BiTDi, the current top of the range. The Tiguan BiTDi is equipped with a 2.0-liter diesel engine that develops 240 hp and accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. Most likely, the Tiguan R will reach 100 km/h in about 5.0 seconds.

Unlike the Golf R’s quad-tailpipe setup, the Tiguan R surprised testing has two large exhausts. However, this could change to better match the sporty hatchback, Golf R.

Unlike the Audi RS3 and TT RS, which already use the 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder engine, the Tiguan R’s unit will develop less than 400 hp. It is very likely that the Tiguan’s engine develops around 310 hp, the same as the Golf R.

We lack further information about the car’s release date. It is possible that the Tiguan R’s debut will take place at the Geneva Motor Show.


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