First Look At 400-HP Volkswagen Arteon R

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Finally! Volkswagen is giving us more performance.

Despite a rocky start in the United States, the Volkswagen Arteon is finally on sale and the news surrounding it has been interesting. Volkswagen has been spotted testing a more practical shooting brake variant and there's even word of a hotter R variant to fight the Kia Stinger GT. The rumors of a hot Arteon R have gone cold recently but in our most recent set of spy shots, we spotted what appears to be a prototype version of the faster Arteon.

Surprisingly, this prototype wears no camouflage, just a small amount of tape upfront. The Arteon will likely see a facelift for the 2021 model year but there are several clues to indicate this is a fully-fledged R model and not just an R-Design appearance package.

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The typical blue R brake calipers are a dead giveaway and the prototype also features larger air intakes, brakes with drilled discs, a small spoiler, rear diffuser, and quad exhaust pipes. The standard Arteon, even the R-Design model, makes do with twin exhaust but these tips are like the ones you'd see on an AMG product. The wheels do look a bit small for an R model but this is a prototype after all and the car is being winter tested in the snow. We often see development vehicles wearing different wheels than the production car.

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As for the powertrain, the standard Arteon uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 268 horsepower going out to all-wheel-drive. Like the Golf R, the Arteon R is expected to retain its AWD system and power is rumored to sit at 400 hp courtesy of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. The Arteon's closest rival, the Kia Stinger, produces 365 hp from its 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. We expect VW to reveal the Arteon R in mid-2020 as a 2021 model and we hope the car will be offered in the US market.

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