Walk around most any European city – Germany especially – and you're bound to see a wealth of showroom-stock German automobiles with factory-installed sport packages. BMWs with M-Sport kits. Audis with S-Line packs. Mercedes-Benz in AMG Sport trim. These are vehicles that don't include the upgraded engines, brakes or suspensions of their more muscular counterparts, but at least they look the part. Wolfsburg is the latest to join in on the action, as Volkswagen R GmbH continues to roll out sporty body kits for VWs in addition to genuine performance variants like the Golf R and Scirocco R.

The latest offering accessorizes the Tiguan with a range of options to make it look sportier than it actually is. The R-Line exterior pack includes reshaped bumpers front and rear, side sills (in what Volkswagen calls "matt chrome" and we'll assume means satin finish), a faux-diffuser, 19-inch alloys and a rear spoiler. Inside, customers can also opt for an R-Line interior pack complete with sport seats, multifunction steering wheel, aluminum accents, stainless pedals and black roofliner, with black leather upholstery available to match.

Of course, R-Line badges abound inside and out, but while the package is initially being offered in Germany (where, Volkswagen asserts, the Tiguan reigns as the most successful SUV on the market), we've yet to receive word on American availability. Feel free to scope out the full skinny in the press release after the jump and the pair of high-res images in the gallery.
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Volkswagen R GmbH: Tiguan now available with R-Line features

- Exterior: 19-inch wheels and customised body
- Interior: exclusive sport seats and black roofliner

Wolfsburg, 04 November 2011 - The Tiguan is the most successful SUV on the German market. As of now, the latest version of the bestseller is available with R-Line features. Specifically, Volkswagen R GmbH is offering an exterior pack and an interior pack for den Tiguan under the sporty 'R-Line' badge. The R-Line packs were designed for the dynamic 'Sport & Style' equipment version.

R-Line 'exterior' pack: Especially distinctive here are the bumpers sculpted in R-Design and of course painted in body colour. Their look is tuned to body-coloured side sills with 'Matt chrome' inserts and an R-Line roof edge spoiler. Other body specifications of the R-Line 'exterior' pack include a black textured rear diffuser, aluminium door sill plates with R-Line logo and another R-Line logo on the radiator grille. In addition, the exterior pack offers newly designed 19-inch 'Mallory' alloy wheels in 'Sterling silver' with 255/40 tyres. The exterior pack costs 2,460 euros.

Range of colours: the R-Line 'exterior' pack may be combined with the Tiguan body colours 'Candy white', 'Reflex silver metallic', 'Deep Black pearl effect', 'Night blue metallic' and 'Pepper grey metallic'.

R-Line 'interior' pack: The R-Line 'interior' pack may be ordered as an extension pack. In this case, Tiguan features are supplemented by sport seats (front), 'Kyalami' style seat covers (front and rear) with lateral supports in 'San Remo' microfibre fabric (front), head restraints with integrated R-Line logo and a multifunction steering wheel with aluminium accents and R-Line badge. Additional interior pack components: a 'Titan black' roofliner and pedals with stainless steel caps. Price of the interior pack: 840 euros. 'Vienna' leather upholstery (2,120 euros), also in 'Titan black', is available as an option.

R-Line individual details: Even without the exterior or interior pack, any Tiguan may be ordered with an R-Design rear spoiler (150 euros) and/or a 'Titan black' roofliner (180 euros) as separate options.


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      rrss2lwb
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they are using the 2 litre turbo engine with that horrible 4 speed stick, DON'T even bother. Garbage with a capital G. My friends had the engine rebuilt at 80,000, now with 160,000, it needs over $7,000 worth of work to bring this 2004 Bug back to life. Trans, A/C, Brakes, engine, electrical problems. on and on and on. Ain't worth it. My 83 300TD Benz had over 335,000 when I sold it to my best friend and he expects to get at least another 200,000. All miles at a real savings due to the amount of 300's they made between 79 and thru 84., and the trouble free driving I had for hundreds of thousands of miles. But all told VW, No way.
      Ed Medina
      • 3 Years Ago
      Had a EOS and leaked like a seive couldnt get in it. Had a Passet Wagon and couldnt get in it as getting old and have a 40 inch waist got rid of it, so by luck came across a 05 Benz sedan and I fall into it and we call it the Black Mariah. It has more stuff on it than I have ever seen S 500 V8 and VW got 24.4 and Benz gets 26.5??MPG Im very happy to when the time comes Ill go out with that.
      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only package this vehicle needs is a diesel engine. It was hinted at when the Tiguan was introduced, but VW has never delivered.
      William
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the size of the Tiguan. I just want a vehicle with better mpg.
      Ridgie30
      • 3 Years Ago
      Being a 2011 Tiguan SEL owner, Walt is ON TARGET...What the Tiguan needs is the 2.0 TDI like the Euros get...but as we all know, the oil company lobbyists will not let that happen easily - more diesels = less fuel consumed...and that is bad for BIG oil...so the US laws will remain to limit diesel power wherever possible. I will say, the Tiguan - like a lot of German rigs - exceeds both it's HP and MPG ratings (19/25 for the 4 Motion)...We never get less than 21 mpg in 'local' driving and 28-30 mpg on the highway...WELL worth the slight mpg tradeoff for 200 HP+ of turbo fun vs anemic 4 bangers like the CR-V or Rogue have... Expensive but worth it...The Tiguan is as fun as it gets in a small SUV...
      Agent55
      • 3 Years Ago
      This article just reminded me of something; Bring the f-ing Scirocco to the States VW!
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dullness on mild-steroids....
      razorpit
      • 3 Years Ago
      While beautiful to look at, I wish VW would reach in to the parts bin and pull out an extra 20 horses. R to me means it has a little something extra under the hood and not just a "facelift" package.
      RED SKULL
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW No Thanks !
      ZOOM
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is art with a capital F. Drive your foreign piece of crap down to walmart and buy some foreign crap. When you say Honda is American, don't forget that all of the profits are sent to Nippon Ginko ! By the way Honda & Toyota don't allow unions, that would drive the prices up and keep more dollars in AMERICAN pockets. Now wouldn't that be a shame. WAKE UP !
      wrxfrk16
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what exactly are they going on about? They've just picked up ricing their own vehicles? That isn't a "Euro" fad, people have been hanging body kits on bone stock Civics and Corolla's since the nineties. Sad though, that thing would be a sweet SUV alternative with the VR6 stuffed under the hood and mated to a 6-speed manual and all-wheel drive.
      papadb24
      • 3 Years Ago
      SportWagen TDi 50 Miles per Gallon on the Highway. Best Kep't secret in America!
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