Two new R models are expected to arrive in 2020.
Volkswagen has been on a massive push to reinvent itself with a new lineup of electric vehicles. These new EVs, which will be sold under the ID line, should play a major role in VW’s success in the coming decade. However, in 2019 internal combustion engines dominate the market and EVs remain far from widespread.
Which is why VW will continue to focus on building excellent ICE vehicles and according to German outlet Auto Motor und Sport, two of these vehicles include awesome new ‘R’ branded models. Along with the R badge, these two vehicles should utilize an all-new VR6 engine with over 400 horsepower.
The only VW R model we get in the US is the Golf R, which has led to speculation about the next R model. If AMS’s report is correct, the next two R models would be the Arteon and a coupe version of the Tiguan SUV. The Arteon has been continuously delayed but is still expected to arrive in the US. AMS also reports that a more practical shooting brake version will arrive later this year.
The Tiguan Coupe, which may also arrive later this year, is expected to be positioned above the standard Tiguan with more powerful engines – a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel with 240 hp and a gas engine with 220 hp, both paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch. VW’s newly developed 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 could make its way into the Arteon and Tiguan Coupe, producing over 400 hp. This engine would also fit in the Golf R but VW has said it isn’t interested in building a more powerful Golf.
It appears as though VW has not made the final decision on whether these R models will reach production and we certainly don’t know if such cars would be sold in the US. The German publication says the Arteon R and Tiguan R would arrive in 2020; we certainly hope this claim turns out to be true.