What we’re looking at is most likely the first unofficial sign that Volkswagen is looking into the prospects of revealing a high-performance version of the Tiguan SUV – unless that’s a tuner’s car.
But the latter version doesn’t seem to fit the bill, and anyways we’re pretty much happy that VW is cooking up a great crossover – too much electric talk has numbed our petrol senses. The second gen Tiguan already has a good calling card in terms of performance – it shares the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 220 hp (162 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) with the Golf GTI. And that’s enough to get the compact crossover to 62 mph (100 km/h) in six and a half seconds on its way to a maximum speed of 136 mph (220 km/h). If that doesn’t seem enough you might hold out the purchase a few months because this spy video shot on the famous Nürburgring is an indication to the introduction of a high-performance R version in the near future.
The prototype shot rocking around the corners has about the same styling as the current flagship R-Line model – while at the back there’s a new setup for the exhaust – with four tips just like in the Golf R. We could be looking at a tuner’s model being paced here, but that doesn’t seem to be the case judging by the vehicle’s license plate.