After years of speculation, the Volkswagen CC gained a successor after almost ten years on the market. But while the four-door coupe configuration carried on, Volkswagen decided to retire the CC nameplate. Fearing that the CC might not rebound from its slow-selling final years, the Germans gave the four-door coupe a massive makeover and renamed it the Arteon. Significantly more appealing thanks to its sporty design, premium interior, and more powerful drivetrain, the Arteon could finally establish VW as a powerful player on the premium market. With the Arteon set to go on sale by the end of 2018, Volkswagen expanded the lineup with an R-Line model.

Slightly sportier on the outside and fitted with a few extra features on the inside, the R-Line become the range-topping model of the Arteon family. That’s pretty much available for every VW model out there that doesn’t have a GTi or R version, so the move is far from surprising. Unfortunately, the "R-Line" badge comes with no drivetrain upgrades whatsoever, so you’ll have to wait a while longer for that performance-oriented sedan with a V-6 engine. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at the Arteon R-Line, which breaks cover at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

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

What makes the Volkswagen Arteon R-Line special

  • Revised front bumper
  • "R-Line" grille badge
  • New 19- and 20-inch wheels
  • Gloss black spoiler
  • Contrast stitching
  • Black headliner
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Custom startup screen
  • Stainless steel door sills
  • Standard gasoline engine
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Updates include..
Revised front fascia
A small "R-Line" badge near the right-side headlamps signals that this is a special model

Just like on any other R-Line model, the visual package is rather subtle. Up front, only the bumper sports noticeable changes. While the standard model features simple side intakes with chrome trim, the R-Line gets C-shaped ornaments in gloss black. The body panels around the vents were also modified and now make contact with the grille surround, thus separating the side intakes from the center vent. A small "R-Line" badge near the right-side headlamps signals that this is a special model.

Onto the sides, we can spot new multi-spoke rims. Available in either 19- or 20-inch sizes, the aluminum-alloy rims are finished in dark, matte grey. Rear end upgrades are again subtle, with only a gloss black spoiler atop the trunk lid to change the Arteon’s appearance.

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Inside the cabin, customers will be treated to contrast stitching on the steering wheel and the gearshift knob

Inside the cabin, customers will be treated to contrast stitching on the steering wheel and the gearshift knob, as well as metallic trim on the dashboard and door panels. The headliner is black no matter the exterior color and the upholstery. Both the pedal covers and the door sills with "R-Line" logos are made from stainless steel for a sporty look. The paddle shifters behind the steering wheel are standard on this model. Finally, there’s an "R-Line" logo on the start screen of the MIB-II infotainment system.

Under the hood, the R-Line is a standard Arteon, which is far from surprising. However, while the standard model is also available with a diesel, the R-Line is restricted to a gasoline engine. The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder cranks out 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which travel to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is available as an option. With this drivetrain, the Arteon needs 5.6 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.

The R-Line package will be available as soon as the Arteon goes on sale in the fall of 2018.


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Press release

Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that it will offer the R-Line® package on the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. The new trim package augments the all-new four-door coupe’s sportiness with interior and exterior design elements that give it an even more dynamic appearance. The Arteon R-Line package will be introduced at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

The R-Line package enhances the robust list of equipment available in each Arteon trim with performance-inspired design treatments. The sporty exterior styling details include the option of unique 19- or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Also included are R-Line badging; unique front bumper that incorporates stylish air intakes in a gloss black finish; R-Line air inlets and cover panels; and a gloss black rear spoiler.

Inside, the Arteon R-Line models welcome drivers with the R-Line logo on the start screen of the Volkswagen Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II). Other interior features include contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob; steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters; metallic décor pieces; black headliner; stainless-steel sport pedal covers; and stainless-steel door sills with the R-Line logo.

All Arteon models feature the Volkswagen 2.0-liter TSI® turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The Volkswagen advanced 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system is available as an option on every trim level.

The Arteon is expected to go on sale in the Fall of 2018 and the R-Line package will be available at launch.

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