2021 VW Tiguan R Quicker Than Advertised Even On Damp Road
It’s been a while, but the Tiguan R is finally here. Well, at least in Europe for now, as Volkswagen’s North American division is still debating whether it should bring the performance crossover to the United States. At its heart is a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine shared with a few other forbidden fruits, the Arteon R and Arteon R. Shooting Brake. The same 2.0 TSI will also power the next Golf R arriving in the US and the Golf R Estate which we are unfortunately not going to get.
It produces a healthy 316 horsepower and 420 Newton-meters (310 lb-ft) of torque, which is good for a 0-100 km / h run in 4.9 seconds. Not too shabby for a vehicle that weighs 1,746 kilograms (3,849 pounds), right? In fact, actual performance is even better when you factor in this actual test reduced to a tenth of a second of the official sprint time.
Not only that, but the Tiguan R was put to the test on a wet road, which surely had a negative impact on its offline capabilities. The 4Motion all-wheel drive and launch control minimized the loss of performance, allowing the quick crossover to achieve a time of less than five seconds. People at Automann didn’t stop there, continuing to press the accelerator pedal to register a 0-124 mph (0-200 km / h) in 18.9 seconds.
Another highlight of the Tiguan R is an evolution of the AWD system with a torque vectoring function that can send 100% of torque to the outer wheel. Lower versions of the lineup can only send half of that, meaning the R has better balance and cornering balance. Given the stiffer suspension setup and variable steering, it becomes a hot hatch on stilts.
The Tiguan R joins VW’s ever-evolving R lineup, which apart from two Golf Rs and two Arteon R models also includes the T-Roc R and Touareg R – but two additional models that VoA does not sell. The latter is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch in terms of the powertrain, with a plug-in hybrid V6 with a combined output of 456 hp and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft).