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ABT Upgraded Touareg TDI Packs A Punch

posted by on 18 June 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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ABT Sportsline has set their sights on the new Touareg TDI, tuning the motor to produce 290hp and nearly 500tq, with looks to match.  Fitted with ABT’s full styling package and lowering springs, the ABT Touareg is an aggressive package topped off by 22″ ABT DR wheels.  For more info, check out ABT’s website. Read […] More…

Video: Scott Speed and Tanner Foust Talk Motorsport Heritage

posted by on 18 June 2015 in Videos

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It’s the 60th anniversary of Volkswagen of America, and they’re feeling a bit nostalgic.  In a clip posted to Volkswagen’s YouTube page, Scott Speed and Tanner Foust wax poetic about their 2015 Beetle GRC race cars, and reflect on the Beetle’s past motorsport successes in Rally, Circuit racing, Safari, and Rallycross.  It’s quite apparent that […] More…

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Looking to Continue Momentum in Daytona

posted by on 18 June 2015 in Motorsport News

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Tanner Foust and Scott Speed will push to gain vital championship points in the first double-header of the season Herndon, VA — This weekend the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team travels to Daytona Beach for the first of four important double-header weekends, where twice the valued Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship points will be on the line. Drivers […] More…

Volkswagen Unveils New T6-Based California Camper Van

posted by on 18 June 2015 in Volkswagen News

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New engine range with fuel efficiency improvements of up to 15 per cent DSG and 4MOTION options – power outputs from 102PS to 204PS New driver assistance features, adaptive suspension and new infotainment system New safety systems; Driver Alert, Brake Assist and Automatic Post-Collision Braking Acclaimed layout and interior packaging retained and improved Volkswagen Commercial […] More…

Tyrolsport Releases UG Aluminum Radiator

posted by on 18 June 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Tyrolsport has announced the release of their UG Aluminum Radiator for Mk5 and Mk6-chassis FSI and TSI applications.  Designed to combat high water temperatures that can be caused by some aftermarket intercoolers, the Tyrolsport UG Aluminum Radiator can decrease radiator outlet temperatures by as much as 25 percent.  Tyrolsport claims that the unit will work with all […] More…

Report: Volkswagen AG to Split Brands into Four Holding Groups

posted by on 17 June 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Reports surfaced earlier this week that the Volkswagen Group is considering dividing their brands into four separate holding groups, creating new ‘divisions’ based upon shared platforms and components.  Based on this, the most likely result would be a redefinition of the ‘Volkswagen Passenger Cars’ group to include Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda, as well as the […] More…

Event Report: Fastivus 2015

posted by on 17 June 2015 in Events Coverage

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[Editor’s Note: Fastivus took place last weekend, and while unfortunately none of the VMG staff was able to make the event, plenty of others were.  Below is an event recap by BIG-EURO’s Erik Ruggels, with images from Paul Chan.]  If there’s one premier Volkswagen track event of the entire year, it is without any lengthy […] More…

Seventy-Five Cars Entered for Germany RX at the Estering

posted by on 17 June 2015 in Motorsport News

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World RX heads to Estering, Germany this weekend, where 75 cars will take the track for round 5 of the 2015 campaign.  In the month since World RX Great Britain, drivers have tested and cross-trained heavily, meaning that competitors will be coming to play in Germany.  Being one of the shortest courses on the World RX […] More…

Passat BlueMotion Launches in the UK

posted by on 16 June 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Volkswagen has launched their ultra-efficient Passat BlueMotion and Passat BlueMotion Variant in the UK, which are capable of returning 76.3mpg.  While the models won’t win any speed records, they do maintain sportiness with lower suspension, unique bumpers front and rear, and unique headlights.  We’re not quite sure if the ‘stance’ achieved in the above press […] More…

Video: Rally Italy Recap from Volkswagen Motorsport

posted by on 16 June 2015 in Videos

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Post-game press releases are fun, but they’re just words on a page.  Thanks to the ‘too long/didn’t read’ culture fostered by years of internet (ab)use, our attention spans have dropped to record lows and we’re constantly looking for something a bit more stimulating that standard on-brand prose.  Luckily, Volkswagen Motorsport sees this as more of […] More…

APR Releases APR by Brembo Big Brake Kits

posted by on 16 June 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Product Page After years of research, testing and competitive analysis, APR is pleased to announce a technical partnership with Brembo; the world’s foremost leader in upgraded brake systems! Brembo has consistently offered uncompromising solutions that harmoniously mesh with APR’s performance upgrades. Through decades of research, development and championship wins the world over, Brembo has created […] More…

WRC: Ogier on Top in Italy

posted by on 15 June 2015 in Motorsport News

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Fourth win of the season for Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia in Italy Sixth place for Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila earns Volkswagen valuable points Volkswagen one-two-three on the closing Power Stage A big step forward in the race for the World Championship: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Volkswagen made a big point with victory at the Rally Italy. […] More…