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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