VW Arteon Shooting Brake R And Golf R Seen In Action At The ‘Ring

In an auto industry dominated by crossovers and SUVs, from subcompact models to full-size models, it’s refreshing to see that some companies still have faith in the old station wagon. Volkswagen doesn’t use the traditional body style name to describe its long-roofed Arteon because that wouldn’t be alluring, deciding to call it a shooting brake instead. Although the car you see here has more doors than a real shooting brake, we’ll let it slide because it’s the most attractive R model.

Known by its full name as the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake R, the car was spotted as a prototype undergoing final testing at the Nürburgring. It was officially revealed about two months ago, but this is our first chance to see the fast wagon in action without any cover-up. With good reason, it is perhaps VW’s best all-rounder right now, combining practicality and performance in luxury clothing, which makes the Passat Variant mechanically linked by comparison.

The performance wagon wasn’t all alone at the “ Ring ” gym, as it shared the difficult track with another upcoming Model R – the Golf R. From its appearance, the hot-pull hatch full had barely any camouflage on its five. – door body, revealing R specific quad exhausts and blue brake calipers. There’s still a disguise to cover the “R” side badges, but that’s about it, the big air intakes and everything.

While it’s unofficial, the Golf R is expected to use the same turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine as the Arteon R, developing 316 horsepower and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters). This setup is shared with the already revealed Tiguan R and the upcoming Golf R wagon that we caught last week. If you take into consideration the Touareg R with its electrified V6, it’s safe to say that VW is serious about expanding the appeal of its R lineup.

With very little disguise on its body, the Golf R will likely be revealed for the foreseeable future, so look for an official premiere in the weeks to come. It’s unclear whether the long-roofed version of the R Spec will be introduced immediately, but we’re glad it’s coming. Well, at least in Europe …

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