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VW Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept has a tuner's edge

Volkswagen has created an aftermarket-esque higher-performance version of its two-row SUV.

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Chris Paukert
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This is the brand-new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept.

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Based on VW's Chattanooga-built crossover SUV, it adds higher performance courtesy of a Golf R driveline.

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VW says this show vehicle features a version of the Golf R hot hatchback's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, tuned to delivery over 300 horsepower. 

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The conventional eight-speed, torque-converter automatic has been nixed in favor of a sportier seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Power is meted out to all four wheels through a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

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You can see how much more aggressive the concept is than the standard production model in these side-by-side shots.

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VW has fitted a significantly lowered suspension, bigger brakes and massive 22-inch wheels and performance tires. 

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The whole thing is painted Eisvogelblau -- German for Kingfisher Blue. It's a paint color seen on some European VW models.

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This is a good look at the ABT Sport HR Aerowheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport rubber.

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Bigger, eigh-piston Tarox front brakes are also fitted.

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VW has removed the stock seats and fitted a quartet of racy Recaro shells.

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Even rear-seat passengers get sporty Recaro buckets, along with a custom center console to fill the gap left by the missing center seat.

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VW isn't saying if the company is considering a production sportier version of the Atlas Cross Sport, but it will take this concept car to various events to gauge public reaction. 

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Keep clicking or scrolling for many more high-res photos of the VW Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept.

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