RE: Inevitable Volkswagen Tiguan R inbound

RE: Inevitable Volkswagen Tiguan R inbound

Tuesday 9th April 2019

Inevitable Volkswagen Tiguan R inbound

Latest spy shots suggest another R-badged SUV is just around the corner



Volkswagen's recently announced T-Roc R and 421hp V8 Touareg look set to be joined by yet another potent SUV as the German manufacturer's assault on the segment continues apace. That's if these latest spy shots are to be believed, at least, which seem to show a near production-ready Tiguan R testing on public roads.

When approached for comment, VW was coy about the speculation, refusing to even be drawn on whether or not the car shown was a genuine test mule. We'd wager it is, however, with the Golf R-style quad exhausts seeming to support our snapper's belief that the Tiguan in question was sporting the same 2.0-litre EA888 engine as is found in the big-selling hot hatch.


The same power plant is also utilised in the upcoming T-Roc R, of course. There it produces 300hp, sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG 'box for 0-62mph in less than five seconds and a 155mph top speed. In the bigger, heavier Tiguan, however, it's likely that the motor would be wrung out further still, producing a figure equal to or even greater than the 310hp found in the Golf R.

Another option mooted is the 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit found in Audi's RS3. It produces 400hp in that application, enough to give the Tiguan R a seriously healthy turn of pace, and to differentiate it from the T-Roc R in a more decisive manner. That, unfortunately, seems to be a less likely scenario than the repurposing of the already-ubiquitous EA888, though.

Whatever the truth, we won't have long to wait to find out. Having recently added a 230hp GTI-engined model to the Tiguan range, VW is now reportedly keen to rapidly expand its R offering, seeking to gain an advantage over rivals from within the Group and further afield as the demand for hot SUVs continues to grow.



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wab172uk

Original Poster:

1,546 posts

177 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Had the MK1 Tiguan R 170TDI, and they are pretty good cars.

If this MKII gets Audi's RS3 motor, I'd be seriously interested. Although I'd expect a starting price of £50k+

scottygib553

238 posts

45 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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I know four tailpipes are the R 'thing' but I can't but wonder if two would suit the Tiguan better

Fetchez la vache

5,213 posts

164 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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scottygib553 said:
I know four tailpipes are the R 'thing' but I can't but wonder if two would suit the Tiguan better
It would suit *all* the R models better...

Davismatt

29 posts

112 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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I'm interested, if it's fast enough!

Andy20vt

1,132 posts

136 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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The reason I've never bought a Golf R, even though it would have fitted the bill perfectly for a run around is that they just look pretty much the same as any regular Golf but with 4 x silly looking 'Halfords Special' exhaust pipes stuck on the back, two of which don't even work most of the time.

If they had given the thing some wider arches, a bit like the Audi or Renault RS cars and perhaps two more subtle yet purposeful looking exhaust pipes then I'd have been all in and would probably have jumped on the bandwagon. Would have been perfect for the wife.

Alucidnation

11,196 posts

120 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Hardly spy shots though.

Jon_S_Rally

718 posts

38 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Isn't the Golf R back to 300PS now? I thought the 310PS disappeared again?

Regardless, I can't see one of these on my driveway anytime soon. The performance SUV thing is a segment I simply don't get. This thing can't go off road, so what's the point? Just buy a Golf R estate.

nickfrog

11,102 posts

167 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Jon_S_Rally said:
This thing can't go off road, so what's the point? Just buy a Golf R estate.
More choice is better than less choice I would have thought. I can totally see the logic for a Tiguan R compared to an estate, but the estate may also be a good choice for someone. I suspect different people prefer different things, just a wild guess wink

tiggyzak

47 posts

143 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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I didn't realise that it couldn't go off road.

mikey k

12,447 posts

166 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Fetchez la vache said:
scottygib553 said:
I know four tailpipes are the R 'thing' but I can't but wonder if two would suit the Tiguan better
It would suit *all* the R models better...
Agreed
VAG do this too often across all their brands frown

JimSuperSix

3,281 posts

193 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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tiggyzak said:
I didn't realise that it couldn't go off road.
I don't think this is true - as soon as you buy one you will take the route home through the nearest desert and then skydive into your front door.

LateStarter

54 posts

28 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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The 4 exhausts will mean you can't fit a tow bar, bit frustrating for an SUV.
But I guess I'm in a minority that uses an SUV to tow....



LateStarter

54 posts

28 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Oh I just thought of something else, imagine the fuel economy, it should be hilarious.
I used to get 12-15 mpg in my Golf R for commuting. (28 for longer journeys)
Add the Tiguan weight and could you get it down to single figures??

Edited by LateStarter on Tuesday 9th April 22:55

Pumpsmynads

121 posts

106 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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LateStarter said:
Oh I just thought of something else, imagine the fuel economy, it should be hilarious.
I used to get 12-15 mpg in my Golf R for commuting. (25 for longer journeys)
Add the Tiguan weight and could you get it down to single figures??
There was something wrong with your car then. I get between 28 and 34mpg out of my estate... on an urban commute.

Jim the Sunderer

2,225 posts

132 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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LateStarter said:
Oh I just thought of something else, imagine the fuel economy, it should be hilarious.
I used to get 12-15 mpg in my Golf R for commuting. (25 for longer journeys)
Add the Tiguan weight and could you get it down to single figures??
Not a fan of speed limits, eh?

Blue32

383 posts

119 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Wonder if these will become popular with a certain element of society, plenty of space, Golf R performance and the potential to go off road would appeal.
Along with the ability to push back when the inevitable X5 gives chase……

JD

1,905 posts

178 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Jon_S_Rally said:
Isn't the Golf R back to 300PS now? I thought the 310PS disappeared again?
You are correct.

Since when was accuracy in PH articles a thing?

LateStarter

54 posts

28 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Jim the Sunderer said:
Not a fan of speed limits, eh?
I keep my speeding to the track for the most part.
More an observation of a combination of heavy traffic, stop go, and the reality of the e888 engine in this conditions

LateStarter

54 posts

28 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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Pumpsmynads said:
There was something wrong with your car then. I get between 28 and 34mpg out of my estate... on an urban commute.
Good for you.
I had it thoroughly checked by VW at the major service and they said it was perfect.
Guess it just depends on the nuances of your v mine commute.

okenemem

555 posts

144 months

Tuesday 9th April 2019
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they need to put the 2.5 engine in , please not another 2.0 300bhp