You can’t get the Volkswagen Arteon R here, but the Golf R will come soon enough.

It has barely been a month since Volkswagen revealed the refreshed Arteon and Arteon shooting brake. As a model that just landed in the States two years ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t paid it much attention, and that means you probably didn’t know that there’s also an Arteon R – a mid-level performance car with more than 300 horsepower. Sounds great, right? Well, if you live in the United States, that’s too bad, because it’s our latest forbidden fruit.

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Volkswagen didn’t exactly blow up news feeds with its announcement of the Arteon R. In fact, it was a rather quiet introduction. Now, a report from Autoblog, which quotes a VW spokesperson, says that the Areton R isn’t bound for the United States in any form. So what exactly are we missing out on? Well, kind of a lot.

America Never Gets The Cool Cars – The Volkswagen Arteon R is the Latest Forbidden Fruit
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The Areton R is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but don’t lose interest just yet.

This engine is reportedly closely related to the Mk.8 Golf R’s engine and delivers 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

According to Top Gear, VW passed over a six-cylinder in favor of this four-banger for some reason. It’s not like the four-cylinder is a slouch, however, as the Areton R can reportedly hit 60 mph in as little as five seconds and has to be electronically limited to 155 mph. The Arteon we can get here maxes out at 268 horsepower, so yeah, we’re missing out.

America Never Gets The Cool Cars – The Volkswagen Arteon R is the Latest Forbidden Fruit
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U.S.-Spec VW Arteon vs. Euro-Spec Arteon R
U.S.-Spec Arteon Euro-Spec Arteon R
Engine 2.0-Liter I4 2.0-Liter I4
Transmission 8AT 8AT
Horsepower 268 HP 315 HP
Torque 258 LB-FT 310 LB-FT
Apparently, R-Performance Torque Vectoring is able to distribute power between the front and rear axles but can also split power between the rear wheels only.

Up to 100-percent of torque sent through the driveline can be directed to either of the rear wheels during hard cornering, something that makes for impressive handling around hard corners. The R also comes standard with bigger brakes and adaptive suspension, so it’s basically a bigger Golf R. Fortunately for those of us in the States, that model will make it here, so if you want a performance car with a VW badge, that’s where you’ll need to look.

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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