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Volkswagen R Tiguan Fully Reveals Facelift at the Nurburgring

These latest spyshots show the all-new Tiguan R testing at the Nurburgring. The car has been spotted before. However, it's now wearing no camouflage at all, thus revealing all the design changes that will impact the rest of the Tiguan family.
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Were' convinced that the R version isn't going to join the Volkswagen family in America. This is the European model, which is shorter and lighter. Also, the German automaker has stopped offering DSG gearboxes, which the R would need to put the power down quickly.

So are we missing out? Only a bit, as there's not a lot of value in a crossover like this. But it should be relatively quick and premium-feeling, the perfect family car for the average German or French buyer.

Last year, we repeatedly saw the Tiguan R testing with a 2.5-liter TFSI engine that would give it almost 400 horsepower. However, Audi reportedly decided not to allow Volkswagen access to this unique five-cylinder powertrain. So instead, they opted to use a 2-liter turbo, just like in the Golf R.

This is hooked up to a non-permanent AWD system and most likely comes with a standard DSG auto gearbox. The formula is already implemented in a variety of cars, such as the Audi SQ2 or the Cupra Ateca or Volkswagen's own T-Roc R. However, the Tiguan R will reportedly deliver about 10% more power and 15% extra torque.

As we've already mentioned, some changes appeared in the cosmetic department that are in clear view at the Nurburgring. For example, the Tiguan sports a new R-specific front bumper with wide air intakes. The grille is now a little taller, while the headlights have been updated. These wheels are also new and are accompanied by relatively small brakes.

Around the rear, the Tiguan sports a quad exhaust system, but that's about it. We're not saying it's disappointing, but it's like Oberyn not killing the Mountain when he had the chance: it might become a problem later.

 
 
 
 
 

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