2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R Sounds Like it Has A Five-Cylinder

In October 2016, our spies snapped photos of the long-awaited Tiguan R testing near the Nurburgring. Fast forward 10 months and the automaker continues to test the sporty SUV at the circuit and if our ears aren’t fooling us, the brand appears to have something special in store.

When first spied, it was thought that the Tiguan R would make use of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, likely lifted straight out of the Golf GTI.

However, this prototype sounds like it has the 2.5-liter five-cylinder of the RS3 and TT RS under the hood, revealing that Volkswagen isn’t messing around with the SUV. As a matter of fact, it even has the same oval-shaped tailpipes as the RS3.

When installed into the RS3 and TT RS, this five-pot can deliver as much as 400 hp, a figure not to be underestimated. As awesome as it would be to see a 400 hp Tiguan R, we think it’s more likely the automaker will detune the engine to nearer the 350 hp mark. If it makes it into production that is.

It is difficult to say when the hot Tiguan could shed its veil but don’t expect to see it debut until the first quarter of 2018 at the earliest.


  • diego

    Testmule for the next RSQ3? Ingolstadt plate?

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      Thank you. VW’s R vehicles are akin to Audi’s S series, and a RS-sourced five-pot just wouldn’t make any sense.
      And let’s not forget the oval tailpipes/

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


      The Ingolstadt plate and oval tips give it away.


    i want rs q2

  • KidRed

    I’ve watched my fair share of cars testing on the ‘ring and I’m not used to hearing so much tire squeal. I’m not sure if that driver was just really riding it hard, but it almost seems like the Tiguan is just a big bloated SUV laboring to go fast through the turns.

  • Bob

    My bad. It’s another tab.

  • Ganfu

    That is exactly the vehicle I want and would buy! The chance it’ll ever come to Canada – about 0%.. 🙁

  • botornot387

    Gonna say that this is just Audi testing the next generation Audi RSQ3 in a way that won’t draw attention or give away design cues from the next model. Doubtful that Audi shares this engine with VW, given the heritage and special factor it holds for that brand.

  • Rocket

    Looks way too finished for an Audi test mule to me. If it is legit, and I believe it is, there’s no way this comes to North America. VoA seems determined to protect Audi’s turf here.

  • Blade t

    Quick little suv….

  • Vassilis

    It wouldn’t make sense for VW to use this engine.

  • xDRAN0x

    Does sound louder than typical R Golf

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