Volkswagen Tiguan R Shows Impressive Launch Control and Highway Performance


Volkswagen is not known for making the most exciting cars. However, the Tiguan R is perhaps one of the best sporty crossovers, which completely surprised us.

German car critic Automann-TV recently got the keys to one of these new R-modes and put it through the usual barrage of tests – basic acceleration, highway sprints, and exhaust sound samples. Everything we saw was slightly better than expected, which is rare for a European car released in 2020 Volkswagen was originally supposed to use a 2.5 TFSI, the engine of the mighty Audi RS3. That would have meant something like 80 horsepower and 60 lb-ft more compared to this 2.0 TSI. The Germans even built an RS3-powered Tiguan prototype that was tested at the Nürburgring a few years ago. However, this setup may have come with incredibly high emissions.The Tiguan R still boasts an impressive torque of 320 hp and 420 Nm (316 hp and 310 lb-ft). However, what we liked the most about the video was the launch. The rear wheels push the rear, and you’ve never seen it with other 4 × 4 sports models based on the MQB Platform. All of them only sent up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels.

However, the Tiguan R comes with an active differential that allows up to 100% of the power to reach the rear wheels and distributes the torque from side to side. Essentially, it could be more fun than a Golf R, showing that VW really doesn’t take advantage of the R badge to make SUV profits.

As for performance, the Tiguan can be seen reaching 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds in wet conditions. It is therefore not a Porsche Macan, but offers top performance in this category. High-speed highway performance and stability are probably just as important to the German crossover, and the Tiguan R seems to have it too.

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