The most obvious upgrade on the CC Eco Performance Concept is the custom aero kit. I see hints of Audi R8 in the design, with its big lower grill openings and black horizontal slats. The vehicle is suspended over big 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels wrapped around huge Brembo brakes, by an H&R full coilover suspension.
The real show, however, is under the hood. VW has partnered with turbocharger manufacturer APR to create a three-stage turbo kit with three performance levels. In Full Power mode the Performance CC brings 311 horsepower and 313 pound-feet of torque; GT mode offers 252 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque; and in the Eco mode 222 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.
While the CC Eco Performance Concept shows sizable power gains over the stock 2.0T CC, it also shows increased fuel economy in all modes. Eco mode obviously has the greatest gains, delivering 33 highway and 27 city miles per gallon, versus the CC 2.0T's 28 highway and 19 city mpg.
The performance CC is equipped with the Technology Package with touch-screen DVD navigation system, rearview camera, and the lightning quick DSG transmission. We like the DSG, but the DVD-nav would be best replace with a hard-drive-based unit.
We reviewed the VW Tiguan S some time ago. With its zippy 2.0L turbocharged engine, a lack of power was nowhere in our list of criticisms.
That hasn't stopped Volkswagen from removing the stock turbocharger from this Tiguan Performance Concept and replacing it with a Stage 3 APR unit. In this incarnation, there's only one mode: FAST! With 295 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, there's nothing cute about this little 'ute.
When we tested the Tiguan S, we did have complaints about the lack of cabin tech. VW has sort of addressed this issue with the factory SEL trim DVD navigation system powered by a Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Rockford Fosgate speakers replace the stock paper cones around the cabin for a fantastic sound quality that is head and shoulders above the factory system, though it may be a little boomy for some tastes.