The next Tiguan R is expected to run on the same engine that is being deployed to the Golf R. It is basically a 2L 4-cylinder engine that can develop up to 292hp and 280ft-lbs torque. With such amount of power, the Tiguan R can look forward to becoming the fastest compact crossover in the domestic market when released.
The frustrating thing about all this is Volkswagen almost undoubtedly has nothing to hide here. The new Tiguan is based on the same MQB modular architecture as the Golf VII and some familiar Volkswagen drivetrains. Hell, it’s basically a jacked up Golf, with more storage space and – a premium price and equipment package when it gets to Australia in September.
It was difficult to gauge how the new model felt on bumps and bends, because the road conditions were impeccable.
But the quietness of the engines was apparent and the twin-clutch auto transmissions (known for their hesitation at times) were smoother operators than earlier iterations.