The latest addition to the VW Enthusiast Fleet.
To cater to its huge enthusiast following, from time to time, Volkswagen reveals cool concept cars that give owners ideas on how to modify their rides. Earlier this year, Volkswagen unveiled Jetta GLI Concept called the Blue Lagoon. It featured a unique blue wrap, BBS wheels, retro Recaro seats, and more unique touches. More vehicles are coming to the 2021 Volkswagen Enthusiast Fleet family, including a new concept that just dropped.
Say hello to the Tiguan SE R-Line Black RiNo Concept. Based on the current 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, not the upcoming 2022 model, the SE R-Line Black RiNo Concept is named after the Riverside North arts district in downtown Denver, Colorado. The concept debuted at the EuroTripper enthusiast event in Ft. Meyers, Florida, in February. This is easily the coolest Tiguan we've ever seen in the United States since the hardcore Tiguan R isn't sold here.
The concept was designed by famous VW enthusiast and car collector Jamie Orr, using parts from the aftermarket. "I knew what the Tiguan represented for me and what I wanted to do stylistically with it," he said. "What I love about the Tiguan is that it performs just as well on sinuous backroads as it does on city streets. This car can withstand the elements - but many Tiguan owners simply want a sports utility vehicle that is fun to drive in their daily lives."
This Tiguan is perfect for cyclists, which is why it includes a black carbon fiber Alpine Trail 2 bicycle mounted on the back using a Thule T1 rack that hooks up to the 1,500-pound rated 1.25-inch receiver. Other exterior modifications include wider 285/35ZR20 Continental SportContact 5P tires wrapped around 20-inch Rotiform OZR wheels. This concept clearly sits lower than a standard Tiguan, thanks to the new Soloworks height-adjustable coilover suspension.
No changes were made under the hood, so the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine still produces 184 horsepower. The car does stop quicker though, courtesy of increased diameter Forge Motorsport USA brake rotors and six-piston Big Brake Kit calipers. Other various touches include a Borla stainless steel exhaust with matching gloss black quad tips, Tiguan Aluminum Side Steps painted in black, and an aftermarket rear spoiler and front lip.
Inside, the concept contains a Dock & Hook Combination Base, LED lightbar in the cargo area, built-in air compressor for the bicycle, and CNC-made shift knob.
"The overall aesthetic has turned out exactly as I had envisioned," Orr added. "I wanted to highlight the strong body lines and design cues of the Tiguan. When people see both its style and its strong performance, I think they'll see why it's a great car that's capable of a trip to the mountains or to the grocery store."