Sadly, it’s only a one-off for now.
The Volkswagen Atlas is a respectable SUV, but it isn’t known for its performance. The range-topping model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out 276 ponies and 266 lb-ft of torque, but we’ve always thought the seven-seater SUV would benefit from a bit more power. 0-62 mph takes a sluggish 7.9 seconds, so there’s clearly room for improvement in the performance department. Thankfully, Volkswagen tuner ABT has answered our prayers with its new extensively modified Atlas that offers more power and improved offroad prowess.
Based on the entry-level 2.0-liter Atlas, which produces 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the tuner has installed a turbocharger lifted from a Golf R, upgraded the ECU, and added a carbon-fiber intake and custom-fabricated cat-back exhaust.
As a result of these modifications, the modified Atlas has an output of 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. No performance specifications were revealed, but with an extra 100 horses under the hood, it’s safe to say the 7.9-second sprint time will have drastically improved.
To handle all that extra grunt, ABT has also modified the suspension and brakes. New rear trailing arms raises the right height by 1.5 inches, and the Atlas now rides on a set of 20x9-inch forged wheels with Toyo Open Country M/T tires. Six-piston brake calipers also improve the large SUV’s stopping power.
While the standard Atlas looks somewhat sedate, ABT has given the exterior a brash makeover with the addition of a custom green and black vinyl wrap.
“With 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque we’ve surpassed the output from even the larger V6 engine, and we’re working to push the envelope even further in the future. The combination of custom hardware and equipment from our current product line has really transformed the Atlas’ performance," said Mitch Williams, CEO of APR. Sadly, this angry VW Atlas is just a one-off concept for now, but ABT says it hopes to offer performance upgrades for the SUV in the future.