Volkswagen Planning Hot Tiguan R Coupe Because Why Not

Aaron Cole
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volkswagen planning hot tiguan r coupe because why not

Volkswagen may build a three-door version of its compact crossover to compete against the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 and Audi RS Q3 because hot hatches are now hot crossovers, Autocar (via AutoGuide) is reporting.

According to the report, the Tiguan R would be powered by the Golf R’s 300-horsepower turbocharged four. It could go on sale as early as 2018 in the UK. It’s unclear if it would go on sale in the U.S. around the same time.

Autocar reported that insiders say the Tiguan R would come with VW’s six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an electronic torque vectoring to manage all the boost so you don’t understeer and die.

The Tiguan R is expected to join the second generation of bigger Tiguans that will go on sale starting in 2017. In 2018, it’s expected that VW will sell the Tiguan in a “coupe” form, with the Tiguan R to follow.

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  • Qfrog Qfrog on Aug 13, 2015


  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Aug 13, 2015

    The single most popular vehicle type in North America is the pick-up, and they choose to build a niche vehicle instead.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Aug 13, 2015

    I read somewhere that all 23 potential customers are excited.

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    • BoogerROTN BoogerROTN on Aug 13, 2015

      @I_S That focus group consisting of Tanner Faust in a Monster Energy tuxedo, a SEA/PDX hipster-douche and 21 caricatures of elderly Jewish women. And don't forget the ever-fresh "German Engineering" tagline, ca 1945.

  • Stuki Stuki on Aug 13, 2015

    I wonder how long it will take, before a critical mass of potential consumers realize that, in an aggressively speed limited world, adding more and more horsepower inevitably makes cars more and more boring to drive...... IOW, that horsepower and 'Ring time stats, are the cubic inches and tail fins of our era. And nothing more.