A fitting variant for a sedan that needed one in the first place

The Volkswagen Arteon sits on top of VW’s range, but for whatever reason, the flagship sedan tops out with a 2.0-liter TSI variant that pumps out 276 horsepower. That’s actually a decent number, but not for a car that’s supposed to have the status of the Arteon. Fortunately, good news is on the horizon, though, because Volkswagen is actually preparing a more potent VR6 version that could have as much as 400 horsepower at its disposal.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon High Resolution Exterior
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The plan is to give the sedan a 3.0-liter turbocharged VR6 engine that will sit above the current 2.5-liter version

Speaking with Car Throttle, Volkswagen’s product line spokesperson Martin Hube confirmed the company’s plans for a V-6-powered Arteon. According to Hube, the plan is to give the sedan a 3.0-liter turbocharged VR6 engine that will sit above the current 2.5-liter version. In doing so, it will assume the role of the flagship version, one that will reportedly carry around 404 horsepower. Even better, Volkswagen already has a working prototype of the model so we can at least expect to see it soon, possibly as early as next year.

Hube added that the new engine will be complemented by the latest version of VW’s Haldex four-wheel drive system, allowing drivers to enjoy the sedan and get a good amount of oversteer. “This is a real agile, powerful car,” Hube said. “I’m totally convinced that this combination is extremely nice.”

2018 Volkswagen Arteon High Resolution Exterior
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Volkswagen already has a working prototype of the model so we can at least expect to see it soon, possibly as early as next year.

As exciting as the thought of a V-6-powered Arteon is, not every market is expected to get it once the model is launched. Volkswagen UK has already said that it’s unlikely that the sedan will make it to the UK for a “variety of reasons.” Likewise, a US-spec version isn’t in the cards at the moment. It could still change in the future, but, for now, consider it a long shot, at best, that we’ll see a 404-horsepower Arteon in our shores.

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Source: Car Throttle

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