The sleek four-door sedan just got sleeker!

Unveiled in 2017 as a replacement for the ill-fated CC, the Arteon keeps Volkswagen active in the rather tiny four-door coupe segment. Sportier than its predecessor and boasting more premium features than ever, the Arteon could finally establish the German firm as a powerful player on the premium market. Now also available in R-Line trim, the Arteon just gained a special paint finish and a set of wheels from Vossen to become the Highlight Concept.

Based on the R-Line model, the Highlight Concept explores the Arteon’s "potential to make a statement on the show field." Granted, the sleek and wide stance give the sedan a unique place among Volkswagen cars, and we will probably see a wide range of aftermarket upgrades at the upcoming tuning shows. Volkswagen’s is far from radical, but it shows what you can do with special paint, a set of custom wheels, and a lowered suspension.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept.

What Makes the Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept Special?

- * Fluorescent yellow paint
- * Sportier R-Line bumper and spoiler
- * Gloss-black trim
- * Vossen Wheels
- * Lowered ride height
- * R-Line interior
- * Coilovers by H&R Springs
- * Standard four-cylinder engine
- * No production plans

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Arguably the most striking feature about the Highlight Concept is the ultra-fluorescent yellow paint

Arguably the most striking feature about the Highlight Concept is the ultra-fluorescent yellow paint. It takes a light green tint in certain lighting conditions and further accentuates the gloss-black and chrome accents of the R-Line package. Obviously, it’s a color you can’t order from the factory, although the rich golden option available with the production car is equally exciting.

Speaking of R-Line add-ons, the Highlight Concept benefits from all the goodies that come with the bundle. Up front, we can see a revised bumper with C-shaped ornaments in gloss-black and individual side intakes. There’s also an "R-Line" badge in the grille, near the right-side headlamp.

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The Hybrid Forged HF-2 wheels feature an intricate design with a two-tone, polished black finish

The R-Line package usually comes with multi-spoke, matte grey wheels in either 19- or 20-inch sizes, but these were replaced by a set of bespoke rollers from Vossen Wheels. They’re called Hybrid Forged HF-2 and feature an intricate design with a two-tone, polished black finish. The rims measure 20 inches in the front and rear.

Around back, the R-Line package add a gloss-black spoiler in the trunk lid. The exterior look is rounded off by a lowered ride height. The sedan now sits almost three inches closer to the ground thanks to a prototype set of Ultra Low Coil Overs from H&R Springs.

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The sedan sits almost three inches closer to the ground thanks to a prototype set of coilovers from H&R Springs

The interior is most likely standard, but we already know that the R-Line treatment adds contrast stitching on the steering wheel and the gearshift knob, as well as metallic trim on the dashboard and door panels. Both the pedal covers and the door sills with "R-Line" logos are made from stainless steel, and there’s an "R-Line" logo on the start screen of the MIB-II infotainment system. The paddle shifters behind the steering wheel are included as standard equipment on this model.

Like the majority of Volkswagen concepts, the Highlight Concept is fitted with the Arteon’s standard gasoline engine. The turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder sends 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. The seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system enable the sedan to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 5.6 seconds.

There are no plans to put this model into production, but the regular Arteon R-LIne goes on sale in the fall of 2018.

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Press release

2019 Arteon R-Line Highlight concept
The 2019 Arteon lands in the United States later this year. The European enthusiast community has already recognized the potential of the sleek, coupe-like design and wide, planted stance to make a statement on the show field. Vossen Wheels has clad the Arteon R-Line Highlight concept with its latest release, the Hybrid Forged HF-2, measuring 20 x 9.5 inches front and rear, while a prototype set of Ultra Low Coil Overs from H&R Springs drops the ride height by almost three inches. The Arteon concept has an ultra-fluorescent yellow wrap that accentuates its gloss black and chrome R-Line accents.

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