Revealed in July this year, Volkswagen has released more information on the new Tiguan R and with those figures, it completely renders the previous generation Mk7.5 Golf R inferior and won’t even need to feel inferior against something like the FK8 Civic Type R!

The Mk7.5 Golf R will do the same run in 4.9 seconds while the fastest FWD car on the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, the FK8 Honda Civic Type R can only muster a 5.8 second time. As for the latest Mk8 Golf R, it’ll do 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.

The Tiguan R is powered by the latest version of the EA888 Evo4 engine, a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder power plant with 320 hp and 420 Nm. That’s almost as much torque as the bonkers previous generation Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 and 40 Nm more than the Mk7.5 Golf R.

Transmission options are rather interesting; aside from the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, there’s also a 6-speed manual to drive all-four wheels. This process is aided by a 4MOTION system with R-Performance Torque Vectoring.

This system does not just distribute the drive power between the front and rear axles, but also distributes it variably between the left and right rear wheels. For a sportier driving experience, there’s a blue R button on the new multifunction steering wheel. As for the exterior, 20-inch or 21-inch wheel options are available along with an optional Akrapovic titanium exhaust system and 18-inch brake discs.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.