Who gives a **** what was slow 7-10 years ago? The Atlas is a recent model in a modern market. And regardless, it still drives sluggishly.Do you own one or just talk what you read/saw online?
8sec car is NOT slow up until 7-10 years ago that was a fast hatchback.
My dad had a 2004 Toureg with the Audi 40v V-8 the made ~315 horsepower. That thing drove like a champ, despite having an antiquated 5-speed automatic. It went 0-60 in ~7.2 seconds, but the engine growled and revved, and the smoothness and torque made it legitimately fun to drive. It was ENGAGING. It made you want to drive it.
The Atlas drives like a slug compared, even though on paper it has a similar power/weight ratio, etc., and similar performance numbers. Nothing about the Atlas made me want to mash the gas pedal or hit a turn a little bit too fast. Sure, as family transport, it's handsome and functional. But it's no enthusiast car. Which is why the new Atlas Cross Sport is disappointing.
Hell, if I bought an atlas, I would actually buy a 2.0T SE model. You can get those with big discounts for cheap, and a simple JB4 will make it just as powerful, much more torquey, and much more engaging than the VR6 model.
And just so we're clear: I cut my teeth driving VR6's. I had a cammed VR6 MK4 that I loved. But in the Atlas? blech (at least for entertainment purposes. It's a great family hauler. Don't take this the wrong way).