The Volkswagen Arteon R will give the brand's stylish sedan a major performance upgrade. These shots catch a development vehicle lapping the Nürburgring. The car wears very light camouflage, so it should be a good indication of what to expect from the styling when the model finally arrives in showrooms.
Gallery: Volkswagen Arteon R Spy Shots
In front, Volkswagen engineers use some white tape on the front fascia to conceal the shape. It appears only to cover a seam, though. Compared to the existing Arteon, the openings in the corners are larger on this vehicle.
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Along the sides, this sedan has blue brake calipers. It rides on gunmetal color wheels with a turbine-like shape for the spokes. The dark color offers a great contrast to this vehicle's white body.
At the back, there's a tiny, black spoiler on the trunk lip. The company has panels over each side of the rear bumper to conceal something underneath them. A pair of trapezoidal exhaust outlets come out of each corner below the bumper.
Earlier reports suggested the Arteon R used a new, turbocharged 3.0-liter VR6 engine making around 404 horsepower (301 kilowatts). However, our spies now believe the model would use the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the new Golf R that reportedly makes 330 hp (246 kW). The power would run through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to an all-wheel-drive system.
There's bad news for Americans interested in the Arteon R because a recent report indicates the model isn't coming to the United States. Customers in Europe and China should be able to pick one up, though. Look for a debut before the end of the year, but the coronavirus pandemic makes the exact timing difficult to predict. A wagon version is eventually coming, too.