Volkswagen Move up a Gear with New R Range

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Volkswagen Move up a Gear with New R Range

Volkswagen have announced they’re taking their R range to the next level by boosting the performance and aptitude of future R models. At the moment Volkswagen only apply the R treatment to the Golf and Scirroco, however soon they’ll be widening the R badge’s radius to more models which includes SUVs and their electric ID range.

Volkswagen Turn up the Heat on the Next-Gen Golf R

New Volkswagen Golf R

The next-generation Golf R is rumoured to have an all-new look that will be more aggressive and also 400bhp under the bonnet which seems a bit extreme for a compact car. That seems to be the message Volkswagen are wanting to portray with the R brand however, as Jürgen Stackmann says, “The role of R is that it can go beyond the rational; nobody needs a compact car with 400bhp, but is there a place for it? Certainly, and that’s the turf of R”. Volkswagen are yet to confirm the next Golf R’s exact mechanical set up, but we can expect it to not be too far removed from the current Golf R’s mechanical layout.

Which New Models Are Volkswagen Upgrading to R Status?

T-Roc R

Volkswagen chiefs have confirmed that they will be giving the R treatment to their compact SUV models, such as the T-Roc and Tiguan, and also their forthcoming electric ID range.

Work on merging the ID and R brands has already begun with the production of the ID R Pikes Peak racer which has recently smashed the all-time record for the classic hill climb event. Volkswagen have also stated that the ID R will be the basis for the development of the future generation of electric World Rallycross cars – a series that they have already connected to their R brand through the Polo R WRX entry.

So whether you’re in need of a car that’s suitable for the family, or one that’s concerned with its carbon footprint, Volkswagen will soon have an R model available for you.

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Added: 27 June 2018

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