Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

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.