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by Tim Beissmann

Volkswagen’s famous “R” performance family is about to follow the lead of fellow German manufacturers and become its own entity, according to company insiders.

To be officially announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the marque will create vehicles that are more “from the ground up” than the current performance offerings like the Passat R36 and the Touareg R50.

“BMW has its M, Mercedes has AMG, and our sibling Audi has Quattro. This new R division will be our Quattro,” a VW executive said.

The R division plans to ply its personalisation and performance trade to every feasible model in the range, meaning we could see race-bred versions of everything from the new Polo and Jetta to the Tiguan and Touareg.

A Caddy Life R sounds ambitious though I’m afraid.

(with Edmunds Inside Line)




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