Having created a race-ready Amarok V6 last year, Volkswagen Australia apprentices are preparing a special Arteon capable of hitting 100km/h in less than four seconds for the 2019 World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney.
The boosted Arteon will have an exterior wrap by Simon Murray, a prominent Sydney street artist, but the really exciting changes hide beneath its skin.
It rides on a bespoke suspension from Bilstein and H&R, while the engine has been given a stage-three tune by Harding Performance. There are tougher brakes from APR and Volksmuller, and the standard interior has been made race-ready with a roll cage and seats from Bond Roll Bars.
“Last year’s team built something remarkable with their Amarok build car, and the reaction from our fans and the wider public was incredible," said Luka Popovac, Volkswagen Australia national customer experience and capability manager.
"It’s vitally important that we recognise our top-tier apprentices with out-of-the-ordinary opportunities like this that showcase the talent we have in our dealer network."
The standard Arteon is no slouch, thanks to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 206kW and 350Nm – it's actually shared with the Golf R, along with its seven-speed DSG transmission and all-wheel drive system. It'll hit 100km/h in 5.6 seconds from the factory, leaving the apprentice team plenty of work to do.
The car is currently being built, ahead of its debut at the World Time Attack Challenge on October 12 and 13.