Volkswagen appears to be working on a powered-up version of its Arteon four-door coupe.
A prototype snapped with big wheels and brakes, and an angry-looking exhaust system, is a strong indicator the car could get a proper performance flagship to sit above the 206TSI R-Line.
Down back, the biggest performance giveaway is the exhaust. Rather than the slim, chromed units standard on even the R-Line Arteon, this prototype wears four AMG-style exhaust pipes – and quad pipes are another Volkswagen R calling card.
Trainspotters will notice the deeper front splitter and angrier outboard air intakes up front, but we'd suggest the production R will get a body that's better differentiated from the standard model.
As for what will power the hotter Arteon? Volkswagen hasn't confirmed anything yet, but a more powerful take on the Golf R's four-cylinder turbocharged engine is one option.
Alternatively, our spy photographer has suggested a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine could feature, putting more than 295kW to all four wheels through a dual-clutch transmission.