Get Your Rs to the Dealership: Arteon and Tiguan R Around the Corner

Sporty sub-brands are all the rage these days, with everyone from Audi Sport to AMG to Cupra gaining more autonomy—and aren’t even a little bit a cynical way to sell SUVs by turning them into tippy muscle cars.

After years of teasing, Volkswagen’s R badge may finally be getting the spinoff it richly deserves. A new report from Germany’s Auto Bild suggests that the Tiguan R, Arteon R, and T-Roc R are all around the corner.

Now, reports to this effect are nothing new, but Auto Bild claims to have gained new knowledge about what will power the Rs, which is interesting.

Being roughly the same size as a Polo on stilts, the T-Roc is allegedly set to gain the same 2.0-liter powerplant that moves the Golf R along. Output hasn’t yet been confirmed, but we know that the engine is capable of churning out at least 310 hp, so we have high hopes that VW won’t water down the brand by limiting the engine too much.

As for the Tiguan, Auto Bild believes it too will also use the 2.0-liter engine from the Golf. Past rumors have indicated that it might gain Audi’s inline 5 cylinder unit—the same one that powers the TT RS—and spy pictures seemed to confirm that, but oval tailpipes and the VW Group’s love of using body panels as cammo may mean that it’s actually an Audi RS Q5 or an RS Q3.

The Arteon R, finally, is where things get really interesting. Given its higher status as a luxury/halo car, it’s an ideal candidate to finally make manifest the turbocharged VR6 that VW has been teasing us with for years.

It shouldn’t be too hard to pump that motor up to in excess of 400 hp, which would be extremely helpful in VW’s quest to “beat all the Porsche Panameras out of your way.”

[source: Auto Bild]