Volkswagen is currently preparing an ‘R’ branded variant of its Tiguan to compete in the increasingly popular compact performance SUV market.
The Volkswagen Tiguan R will actually arrive in Coupe guise and will therefore top out the impending Tiguan Coupe range. It is of course being developed by the German marque’s R division and is pinned to receive the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as both the Volkswagen Golf R and Scirocco R variants.
Consequently, the Tiguan Coupe R should deliver around 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Unlike its hot hatch siblings, the Tiguan Coupe R is expected to be available solely with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox rather than an optional six-speed manual. Elsewhere, it will incorporate all-wheel drive and electronic torque vectoring.
Beyond the engine, the car should utilise a tweaked version of the standard Tiguan Coupe’s suspension system including a ride height drop as well as a four-mode adaptive damping system.
When launched, the Tiguan Coupe R will directly rival the likes of the Audi RS Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG as well as the upcoming Range Rover Evoque SVR and BMW X2 M.