As a successor to the Volkswagen Passat CC, the Arteon is one variant shy to completing the model line-up – it’s missing the range-topping, V6-powered R.Well, apparently not, at least not for long. Speaking to Car Throttle at the UK launch of the new Polo GTI, Volkswagen’s product line spokesperson, Martin Hube confirmed that there’s an ongoing development of a new 3.0-litre turbocharged VR6, an engine that will slot above the 2.5 litre turbo used in its Atlas SUV (known as the Teramont in China).The VR6 is no stranger to the Volkswagen family, having been used in dozens of models (including some of the W12-powered Bentleys, which simply is a 12-cylinder engine formed by combining two VR6s) since the 1980s. The new narrow-angled V6 produces 404 hp, and there’s already a prototype Arteon fitted with it. “I’m totally convinced that this combination is extremely nice. We’ve combined it with the last version of the Haldex [four-wheel drive … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Arteon R – to get 400 hp from a new VR6?
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Americans hate hatchbacks, unless the hatched back in question is also fast and attached to a badass baller sedan such as the Audi A7/S7, Porsche Panamera (at least the pretty new one), or Aston Martin Rapide. Well, leave it to Volkswagen to democratize the concept by bringing us the people’s baller hatch. Technically the new Arteon replaces the CC four-door coupe in VW’s lineup, but it takes a noticeable step up in size and prestige. It offers the style and charisma of an Audi A7 or BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe but with pricing that will undercut the newly introduced Audi A5 Sportback hatch. Based on the 2015 Geneva-show star Sport Coupe Concept GTE, the Arteon production car ditches the concept’s electrification and arrives on the MQB platform with an overall length that is 2.0 inches longer than the CC on a wheelbase that stretches about 5 inches longer. (Overall height and width match the CC’s.) Indeed, the 191.1-inch length falls almost halfway between that of … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Arteon Prototype Review: Volksballerhätch
Volkswagen’s all-new flagship fastback, the Arteon has landed in Australia. According to CarAdvice, it’s available in the sole 206TSI R-Line only, retailing for AUD$65,490 (RM213k) before on-the-road costs. The 206TSI badge represents its 206 kW output, meaning it packs a turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol pushing 276 hp and 350 Nm of torque. It’s paired with a seven-speed DSG (wet type, DQ380), sending drive to all four corners through the company’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. This allows the Arteon a century sprint time of 5.6 seconds and a combined fuel consumption rating of 7.5 litres per 100 km. On the outside, the car comes with adaptive LED headlights with LED DRLs, which “merges” with the front grille. The lower extremities get flanked by a pair of “C-signature” front air intakes finished in high gloss black, and it sits on 19-inch ‘Montevideo’ alloy wheels as standard. Round the back, LED tail lamps (with … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Arteon debuts in Australia – RM213k!
The 2018 Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo has been revealed ahead of its formal debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The sporty sedan seats five and gets a long 111.6-inch wheelbase along with a stretched roofline. It looks nearly identical to the Volkswagen Sport Coupé Concept GTE we saw at Geneva in 2015 and is built on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform. The Arteon sports a long hood that extends over flared fenders and wide chrome grille lines that wraps into its two-socket LED headlights. It measures 191.4 x 73.7 x 56.2 inches. “The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback. It’s an avant-garde business-class Gran Turismo that speaks to the heart and head alike,” Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen head designer announced in a statement. There are six turbocharged four-cylinder engines that range in power from 148 to 276 horsepower to choose from, at least in Europe, and all are available in … [Read more...] about First Look: 2018 Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo
Volkswagen," says Klaus Bischoff, VW's design director. Though here it's important to consider the gap between 'sexier' and plain sexy. I'm not sure the new Arteon is anywhere near the latter. But even if you aren't in the market for a mid-sized, German four-door 'coupe,' you might want to remember the way this car looks. Arteon represents the new push up-market for VW, no longer content to leave the luxury space to sister-brand Audi.And unlike the Phaeton, this time around Volkswagen is making this shift through fashion, not sticker price. So note the Arteon's special design sauce in the way the grille segues into the headlamps, the multiple character lines up the hood which shoot up into the window graphic, and the center line which runs around the car and holds the design together. We'll be seeing these cues again on other VWs.Wait a minute, though, what about the Passat CC (Comfort Coupe), launched in 2008, which in the intervening nine years has been through one facelift and … [Read more...] about VW’s new style maker | 2018 Volkswagen Arteon First Drive
"The new four-door coupe from Volkswagen was presented today at Geneva Auto Show. With six turbo engines producing power from 148 to 276 hp, spacious interior for five, and lots of tech options, VW Arteon is ready to bring heavy competition to the thin segment. Front design reflects multiple VW concepts from the recent past, with Standard LED headlamps that form a continuation to radiator grill blades. Below is the press release from VW:" Ed.Volkswagen is adding the avant-garde Arteon Gran Turismo to its lineup and will reveal the vehicle to a global audience for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show (9 to 19 March). Volkswagen Head Designer Klaus Bischoff says: "The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback. It’s an avant-garde business-class Gran Turismo that speaks to the heart and head alike."Tobias Sühlmann, responsible for the Arteon's exterior design, further explains: “The athletic … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Arteon
What It Is: A stylish four-door hatchback replacement for the aged Volkswagen CC. If its name is a portmanteau, we take it to mean art for the ages. Why It Matters: The Arteon is to the car side of VW’s showrooms what the Atlas is to the truck side: a new flagship responsible for accelerating the brand’s return to relevance. Platform: VW’s ubiquitous MQB transverse-powertrain components, set up for sedan use. Powertrain: A turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter inline-four packing 270 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque (substantial increases over the outgoing CC’s turbocharged 2.0-liter) with an Aisin eight-speed automatic transaxle sending output to the front wheels. VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive will likely be optional. Competition: Acura TLX, Audi A4, BMW 320i, Buick Regal, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lincoln MKZ, Volvo S60. What Might Go Wrong: Given the importance of this model to VW’s global fortunes … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Arteon: An Elegant Replacement for the CC
Volkswagen’s CC marks the brand’s first crack at a so-called “four-door coupe,” the increasingly ubiquitous more-stylish-than-a-sedan sedan format, and the model is, well, old. Introduced in 2008, the CC is long overdue for replacement. That’s coming next year, along with a name change to Arteon. So far Volkswagen has released only a handful of design sketches depicting the Arteon and promised that we’ll see the car at the 2017 Geneva auto show. But we have exclusive illustrations of what the production model will look like.In keeping with the CC, the Arteon is lower and appears longer than Volkswagen’s similar-size mainstream Passat sedan. Our illustration, which incorporates elements from VW’s published design sketches, shows the Arteon with an attractive full-width grille that blends into the headlights, subtly aggressive air intakes, and muscular fender bulges front and rear. While the CC was a sedan—complete with a tiny … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen Arteon: What to Expect From VW’s CC Replacement
Let’s face it, the Volkswagen CC was just a tarted-up Passat and the ultra-lux Phaeton was a colossal dud that bit the dust in the same manner in which it lived: without anyone noticing.With scads of room to fill at the top of its lineup, VW has decided that the CC should make way for a true premium sedan, one with a swoopy Germanic roofline and up-to-date architecture. (And ideally saddled with a hard-to-remember name). With the 2018 Arteon, unveiled today ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, the automaker finally has what it needs. But is it what premium sedan buyers want?Call it what you want — a sedan, four-door coupe, five-door hatch or four-door fastback — the Arteon will serve as the brand’s flagship in a very competitive market. Its Teutonic rivals remain entrenched as the go-to brands for European luxury, with Volvo and Jaguar only too happy to offer up four-doors to executive-class buyers.VW optimistically sees the Arteon as a mix of everything a … [Read more...] about Phaeton’s Realistic Son: 2018 Volkswagen Arteon Wants Your Premium Dollars
Humpback. Tailback. Silverback.Paperback. Greenback. Kickback.Payback. Setback. Buyback.Notchback. Liftback. Hatchback.Fastback.Elmar-Marius Licharz, the director of mid and large car model lines at Volkswagen, makes it very clear that the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon, a successor to the Volkswagen CC, is not a hatchback.Do such designations matter? To Volkswagen, apparently they do.“Don’t say hatchback,” Licharz told The Telegraph, “it’s fastback.”There are two main reasons Licharz and Volkswagen could be sensitive on the subject. For one thing, the Arteon, which follows the sedan CC, is a fastback. The roofline slopes sharply at the rear of the car.But as a means of distinguishing sedans, with their separate, exterior-access trunks, from cars such as the Arteon, we’re apt to use the word “hatchback” as a qualifier.Hatchback, however, bring up visions of the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, and Nissan Versa Note. Thus, … [Read more...] about Don’t You Dare Call the Volkswagen Arteon, the CC’s Replacement, a Hatchback