329bhp Arteon R saloon is due this year as part of update, with a Shooting Brake estate to follow in 2021
25 February 2020

While plans develop for hot new versions of Volkswagen’s electric-powered ID models, the company’s R division is expanding into a new niche for its combustion-engined cars.

Having recently added the 296bhp T-Roc R to its ranks, Volkswagen’s performance division has now turned its attention to the Arteon line-up. A new 329bhp range-topping Arteon R saloon will arrive during the final quarter of 2020 as part of the range’s mid-life facelift, and it's already been spotted out testing with the usual R design cues such as quad tailpipes and blue brake callipers.

Following the hot version of the Arteon saloon, Volkswagen R plans to unleash a similarly powered version of the upcoming Arteon Shooting Brake in the first half of 2021.

The coupé-cum-estate, which will be launched in standard form first at the start of the year, has the distinction of being among the last all-new combustion-engined models developed by Volkswagen.

In a bid for added practicality and greater load space, the Arteon Shooting Brake adopts a longer roof and sloping tailgate. The result gives it what Volkswagen insiders describe as “estate-like qualities while retaining its characteristic styling”.

Power for the new Arteon R is due to come from the same version of Volkswagen’s turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that is earmarked for the new Golf R, which is also set to be launched during the second half of 2020.

According to details revealed at a recent Volkswagen dealer presentation in Germany, the four-cylinder petrol unit is claimed to develop up to 325bhp and 332lb ft of torque. It sends its drive through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a four-wheel drive system that, Autocar understands, has been reworked to provide a more rearward apportioning of drive.

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By comparison, the most powerful of today’s Arteon models, the 2.0 TSI, offers 187bhp and 236lb ft.

A new Touareg R is also due to arrive in 2020. It receives a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid driveline similar to that used by the Porsche Cayenne S-Hybrid, with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine and gearbox-mounted electric motor providing around 450bhp

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25 February 2020

If the Arteon R will indeed have 329bhp, this doesn't seem a big enough gap between it and the forthcoming MK 8 Golf R, which will no doubt have more oomph than the Mk7. Not only will the Arteon R be barely any quicker than its cheaper performance sibling from the class below, but it will no doubt be outdone by its main class rivals but will not be massively cheaper than them (Audi S4, C43 and M340i for e.g.). If VW is serious about making the R a performance version of the Arteon, it should have the firepower and drivetrain too. 329bhp, let alone a 2.0 4-cylinder engine, won't cut the mustard at this level.

25 February 2020
The V6 hybrid in the upcoming hot Touareg would've been an interesting option.

25 February 2020
The V6 hybrid in the upcoming hot Touareg would've been an interesting option.

25 February 2020
The V6 hybrid in the upcoming hot Touareg would've been an interesting option.

25 February 2020

I'd begun to wonder whether VW still sold the Arteon in the UK. I saw a few when it first went on sale, but I haven't seen one for a while, and definitely no newly registered ones. It doesn't seem to have caught on like the CC did, maybe the shooting brake will be more popular.

25 February 2020
It just posted my comment 3 times, it said something about spam rules when I first tried to comment, then it shows up 3 times.

25 February 2020
autocar wrote:

By comparison, the most powerful of today’s Arteon models, the 2.0 TSI, offers 187bhp and 236lb ft.

So what happened to the 2.0 BiTDI 240ps 4x4 or the 2.0 TSI 272ps 4x4?

Seriously...why not actually check first.

25 February 2020

Does anyone buy these?

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