R-Line VW Touareg and Tiguan Bring the Juice

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VW's Tiguan R-Line

The Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line brings sporty upgrades to the small SUV and should go on-sale this summer. (Photo courtesy Volkswagen of America.)

Following on the heels of its CC and Beetle R-Line models, Volkswagen said it is introducing similarly sporty R-Line trims of its Touareg and Tiguan SUVs.

According to VW, the Tiguan R-Line features a number of improvements over the top-line SEL trim, including unique 19-inch aluminum wheels on lower-profile tires, something surely welcome when putting the R-Line’s sport-tuned suspension through its paces.

Body-color side skirts have chrome trim, wheel arches are given a beefier look with extensions, and a rear spoiler is added to give the car a sportier look on the outside, while metallic finish dash and door trim, a flat-bottom R-Line-specific steering wheel, and aluminum sport pedals give the Tiguan R-Line a touch of sporting pretense absent from the regular Tiguan.

Audiophiles will be glad to know the Tiguan R-Line is the fourth VW model to offer the Fender Premium Audio System, which features in this instance eight speakers pushing 400 watts.

In the engine bay, the Tiguan gets the same gas engine as is found in the sporty VW GTI hatcback– a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged to make 200 horsepower.

The Volkswagen Touareg R-Line SUV

Volkswagen’s Touareg R-Line gets a host of upgrades over the Touareg Lux trim and should hit showrooms in the third quarter of 2013. (Photo courtesy Volkswagen of America.)

Meanwhile, the Touareg R-Line gets its own host of improvements over the Touareg Lux trim: Sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a unique front bumper fascia, side skirts, LED taillights, oval-shaped exhaust tips at the rear, unique high-gloss black and brushed aluminum trim in the cabin, aluminum sport pedals, and the flat-bottom R-Line-specific steering wheel are among the upgrades.

The R-Line Touareg comes only in 4Motion all-wheel drive as do other Touareg models. All four wheels are driven by either the VR6 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine or a TDI 3.0-liter diesel engine.

VW says both models will hit showrooms in the third quarter of 2013.

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