Volkswagen Tiguan R revealed with 316 HP and it could come to America

It's the first time VW's given the Tiguan the R treatment, and it looks pretty darn good.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan R
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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan R

I dig it. Now bring it, VW.


The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan made its debut online yesterday evening, but the German automaker also quietly revealed a new addition to the small SUV's lineup: the Tiguan R.

Right now, the hot SUV isn't confirmed for the US, but a representative pointed to comments from Hein Schafer, vice present of product marketing, who said the Tiguan R is "under consideration" for America. The Tiguan is a best-seller in the US, so it seems like VW would have nothing to lose.

As for the specs, it'll hit the streets with the same 316-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four the recently revealed Arteon R packs. We definitely won't get the Arteon R, but the Tiguan R would be a nice consolation prize. All the power will route to an all-wheel-drive system that packs the R-Performance Torque Vectoring, also seen in the Arteon R.

Other details are rather light, but the Tiguan R looks racy enough with visual updates, an optional Akrapovic and large 21-inch wheels. Inside, the SUV carries forward updates from the regular Tiguan with a redone cabin that includes a new steering wheel design and VW's Digital Cockpit. The latest infotainment software is onboard, too, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the middle of the stack. The seats are a lovely cloth design as standard, and the R gets a great-looking dark blue color.

Keep in mind, this is also the short-wheelbase version for Europe, while the US will get a larger model. It won't look as brutish, but keep some hope that VW will give the Tiguan R a green light for America. The standard Tiguan will arrive in October 2021.

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