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German automakers display something of a fetish when it comes to turning ordinary vehicles into performance models. Mercedes-Benz does it with its AMG line, BMW with its M range, Audi has its S and RS models... even Volkswagen has its R brand. Formidable vehicles all, but not everyone is willing to pony up the big bucks to get their hands on one and all that entails. So, each automaker also offers a line of accessories that give their stock models most of the visual attitude without the mechanic


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 rol

2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen Golf R and Scirocco R – Click above for high-res image gallery