Click above for high-res gallery of the VW Tiguan Performance Concept

The Volkswagen Tiguan, already a hot little CUV, added some bodywork and an APR turbo to go with its Super CC and Jetta TDI Cup Edition Street Concept show car siblings, and then threw in a Rockford Fosgate system to raise the bar further. The little big guy wears fender flares connected by side steps and contrasting rocker panels. Inside is a two-tone leather job with some very attractive speaker enclosures in the doors. Under the hood goes APR's 3-stage turbo to boost output to 295 hp and 300 lb-ft. And out back: a 1,400-watt Rockford Fosgate system with dual 10-inchers taking up the rear floor. And as we learned at the press conference, you can play a guitar through the amp. Of course, you can't store anything back there, but this is SEMA, not a PTA meeting. Read all about it in the press release after the jump, and check out the gallery of high-res photos below.


Compact Sport-Ute brings in the noise and the funk

LAS VEGAS – For the 2008 SEMA Show, Volkswagen has brought performance, styling and audio upgrades to their popular new Tiguan, the GTI of compact SUV's.

The upgrades start on the outside of the Tiguan Performance with a complete body styling and fender flare kit, spoiler, side steps and a custom two-tone paint job. Not to be shown up by the new interior the performance level has been raised in this already hot compact SUV. The 2.0L TSI four-cylinder engine is now breathing through an APR Stage 3 Turbo Kit, and is rated at scorching 295 hp and 300 lbs. ft. of torque, coupled with the 6-speed Tiptronic® automatic. Also included is the new APR sport rear muffler and carbon-fiber cold air intake.

Holding the Tiguan Performance to the street are Yokohama 225/40 R19 tires and Volkswagen's 19-inch Omanyt alloy wheels and the 4Motion all wheel drive system. For added stopping power, the Tiguan Performance was upgraded with an APR/Brembo GT Performance Braking System featuring 328x28mm drilled rotors and Brembo high performance brake pads. H&R performance springs and sway bars provide an extra measure of control for the Tiguan Performance.

To ensure interior performance was not neglected, Volkswagen worked with Rockford Fosgate to bring in a custom-built audio system. The system features 1400 watts of legendary MOSFET power. Rockford's, brand new for 2009, POWER T1000-1bd 1000 watt mono amplifier powers two P3D410 dual voice coil 500 watt PUNCH subwoofers.

A Power T400-4 amplifier delivers 400 watts of clean power to each of the door component speakers featuring 6.5" mid-bass in the front doors & 5.25" mid-bass in the rear doors, with matched inverted hard dome tweeters. The newly amplified system was seamlessly integrated to the Volkswagen Multi-media player and DVD-navigation system.

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