There’s been talks about Volkswagen building an “R version” of the Arteon for the longest time but it seems to have just ended there. Volkswagen Australia on the other hand, has taken upon themselves and asked their apprentices to build this.
It’s called the ART3on, a track-ready “art car” that will be used to compete in the World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney this weekend. To get to this point, its standard 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder has had to go through a complete overhaul.
It’s now strapped with a larger Stage 3 turbocharger, a Milltek downpipe, a high flow sports cat, a new intercooler, a larger air intake system and a high pressure fuel pump.
As a result, it’s now got nearly 500 hp and 600 Nm (from 350 Nm) of torque ! The Arteon’s 0 to 100 km/h time also edges it to supercar territory with a time of just 3.9 seconds.
Bigger APR brakes have also been deployed along with a set of Bilstein dampers and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres to help the car put all that immense power down.
Inside the stripped out interior rests a full roll cage, bucket seats with harnesses, a fuel cut-off switch and fire extinguisher.