Hot new 296bhp 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan R spotted testing

The upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan R has been spied winter testing, with a 2020 launch on the cards

The reveal of the new Volkswagen Tiguan R nears closer, and our spy photographers have spotted an undisguised prototype testing ahead of its 2020 reveal.

Volkswagen has steadily been expanding its performance SUV line-up, with this new Tiguan R following the recently-launched T-Roc R into the showrooms.

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The hot Tiguan R’s styling cues fall in line with the other halo VWs like the Golf R and the T-Roc R. At the front, a deep front bumper features a full-width air dam, while sitting behind the alloy wheels are enlarged brake discs gripped by blue calipers. A black rear valance features quad tailpipes, and above it sits a large rear spoiler on the top of the hatch lid.

This new model also appears to feature the full R spec front bumper rather than the R-Line item used on the earlier prototype, and sports a different set of wheels too. 

Inside, expect a comparable level of equipment to a well-specced Tiguan R-Line, with a pair of leather-trimmed sports seats, a sports steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch infotainment screen and a premium audio system all coming as standard. Potential optional extras will include a tow-bar and three-zone climate control, while like the T-Roc R, the Tiguan R is unlikely to be offered with a Performance Pack, as you’d find on the outgoing Golf R.

Volkswagen’s new Tiguan R will be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as its Cupra-badged sibling, the Ateca. It’s primed to produce 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, sent through all four wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. This should enable the Tiguan R to accelerate from 0-62mph in around five seconds. 

Adaptive suspension, uprated performance brakes and a choice of alloy wheels will also likely feature, along with a sophisticated traction control system.

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