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The 235 kW (320 PS) Performance TSI engine for the first Tiguan R is an all-new powertrain in the Tiguan family. Under the auspices of Volkswagen R, the EA888 evo4 – the latest version of the Performance TSI – has been adapted for the new Tiguan R. Further, a new all-wheel drive system, called “R-Performance Torque Vectoring”, with selective wheel torque control has been developed. The system distributes the drive power variably between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels. In technical jargon, it is also known as “torque vectoring”. Thanks to the individually distributable output, up to 100% of the drive torque can be directed to the wheel on the outside of the bend, leading to noticeably more agile vehicle handling. The intensity of the power distribution is determined by the current steering angle, accelerator pedal position, lateral acceleration, yaw rate and speed. The driver can control the way in which the selective wheel torque control and the stabilising vehicle dynamics systems work, using the standard driving profile selection (Comfort, Sport, Race, Individual, Offroad, Snow and Offroad Individual modes). The driver can access the sporty Race mode instantly by pressing the blue R button on the Tiguan R’s new multifunction sports steering wheel – turning the Tiguan R into a sports car at the push of a button.
The Tiguan R developed by Volkswagen R provides a range of exclusive performance features and equipment. The version with an R badge is always the most powerful model in the range, and Volkswagen R dedicatedly develops bespoke equipment for these models. The 235 kW (320 PS) Tiguan R is no exception – the premium exterior equipment includes distinctive bumpers, a unique rear diffuser, wheel housing extensions, and 21-inch “Estoril” alloy wheels.
The specific R equipment is rounded off by a powerful 18-inch brake system, a newly tuned adaptive chassis (DCC) that has been lowered by 10 mm compared to the base Tiguan, bespoke driving profile selection, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) that can be deactivated, a completely new all-wheel drive system with selective wheel torque control (called “R-Performance Torque Vectoring”), and a unique four-branch sports exhaust system with visible tailpipes and chrome trim covers. A titanium exhaust system by the sports exhaust specialist Akrapovič will also be available as an optional extra for the Tiguan R.
The highlights inside the Tiguan R include new premium sport seats developed exclusively for this model with integrated head rests that are in keeping with the dynamic nature of the vehicle, both visually and ergonomically. Other features include digital instruments (Digital Cockpit) bearing the R logo and an integrated lap timer, bespoke R decorative trim (Carbon Grey) and illuminated sill panel trims. The interior is finished off with a new R sports steering wheel with an R button for direct activation of Race mode and sporty paddles for manual control of the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), which is also fitted as standard.