• Dec 3rd 2006 at 12:04PM
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Following sister-company Audi's example with the high-performance S model range (and, for that matter, similar divisions from competitors like Mercedes AMG and BMW M), Volkswagen has been developing its R range into a force to be reckoned with. First came the 250-hp Golf R32 hot hatch, followed by the recently-released 300-hp Passat R36 sports sedan. Now, just like Audi has the purely aesthetic (read: all show, no go) S-Line trim packages, VW is following suit in revealing the new R-Line.

With the R-Line, buyers of the Golf, Touran, Passat and Touareg can opt to for a more sporty appearance. The packages come in three increments: Trendline, Plus and Exterior. Developed by Volkswagen Individual, they include upgraded wheels in 17 and 18-inch diameters, competition-style steering wheels, pedals, more supportive seats and special interior trim. Buyers can also opt for blacked-out grilles, anthracite powder-coated wheels and full aero kits.

While Volkswagen was once the bare-bones, basic "people's car", the German carmaker has been striving to emerge from that shell with high-performance models, exclusive editions, high-end luxury automobiles and the like. The R-Line takes them a step further in that direction, giving buyers the option of spicing things up a bit.

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[Source: Motor Authority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm guessing the "R" stands for recall??
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, a GTI-R will make up for no R32...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember back in the '70s to mid '80s Detroit car manufacturers offered the "illusion" of go faster parts available from the factory...they stuck GT badges on nearly every car they built. Example? the Vega GT. We derided these "fake" performance cars and the companies that built them for not providing the real thing. Now, VW is offering to make your car LOOK faster, without the high performance engine parts to back up that look...how nice of them. And to add insult to injury, they give it the name of "R-line". Why not call it A-line (for APPEARANCES) or L-line (for LOOKS-only).
      • 8 Years Ago
      shouldn't we be calling german "rice" kraut or something similar? or.. schnitzel or something?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The lack of an R-Line Jetta seems odd.
      • 8 Years Ago
      sweet. factory rice.