Arteon R May Get 2.0-Liter Engine, Not VR6: Report

Speaking to the UK’s Car Throttle this week, Jost Capito, the head of R GmbH, had some hints to provide about the future of the sub-brand. And while a lot of it was reasonable, not all of it was what we wanted to hear.

Perhaps the most disappointing revelation was that R is happy enough with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, that it may end up using it in the Arteon R, instead of the 400 hp VR6 that previous rumors had indicated.

“We have to take into account the CO2 emissions and so on, and we have to look at what is the right engine for the right cars,” Capito told Car Throttle. “In the moment we are very happy with the four-cylinder. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a really good engine and still shows a lot of potential, so I think that that’s the first choice.”

Being on the MQB platform would suggest that it won’t get the plug-in hybrid treatment like the Touareg R, either. A report last week suggested that the only reason R could afford to get it into the SUV was because others within the VW Group had already paid for the development work. That also means that the Golf R won’t get a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Capito also said that the R sub-brand, despite recent expansions, won’t become as ubiquitous as, say, the RS sub-brand. Smaller cars like the Polo won’t get the R treatment, largely because there isn’t really anyone who would be willing to buy one who isn’t also willing to buy the Golf R.

The European Passat also won’t get the R treatment, according to Capito. The official reasoning being that Passat buyers don’t care about sporty cars, though we have to imagine that the reasoning preventing VW from producing a Polo R holds for a Passat R.