VW Is Bringing Back The VR6 In The Arteon R

The return of VW's legendary oddball engine is finally here.

3y ago

In a conversation with the fine folks of Car Throttle, VW Product Line Manager Martin Hube, confirmed that there is a VR6 power Arteon R in development. The prototype Arteon R would be the range topping VW sedan and promise to be an Audi RS7 for the working man.

The legendary VR6 engine was proclaimed dead after turbocharged 4-cylinders and electrification dominated VWs portfolio. The last VR6 in mass production resides in the engine bay of the Chinese Market VW Atlas. A sad life for VW's revered VR6 engine that spent most of it's life in performance cars.

Thankfully VW took their sacred VR6 engine out of that massive SUV and slotted in the engine bay of the gorgeous Arteon hatchback. According to Car Throttle and Mr. Hube, the engine in the prototype Arteon R produces a healthy 404 horsepower and could probably make more.

The new turbocharged VR6 is mated to VW's incredible DSG transmission and sends power to all four wheels via VW's 4-Motion AWD system. This allows drivers to make the most of the power available from the oddball engine.

Finally there's an RS7 we call all afford except it's called the Arteon R so it's much harder to say. It looks like no matter what, the wealthy will still have it a little easier.

Here's a quick video to remind you how good the VR6 sounds:

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Comments (21)

  • My first car was a 1998 VW Jetta GLX VR6. It had everything and I loved that car with all of my 16 year old soul. I miss it to this day. The VR6 deserves to live. It's VW's signiture engine. They need it like BMW needs the straight six.

      3 years ago
  • Did anyone proof read this article.

      3 years ago
  • The distinct sound the VR6 makes doesn't emanate from it's arse, it comes from it GULPING air in through its different length of intake runners in the plenum that follows after the air passes through the throttle body. As Jezza once stated ever so eloquently, "a tuned exhaust is about as real as a hooker's smile". The VR6's swan song is the guttural inward bletch it creates as one mashes the beans out of the right pedal.

      3 years ago
    • As an owner of multiple vr6s, I’d have to disagree on that somewhat...the exhaust ports are also uneven in length and very much contribute to the Chewbacca like noises the engine is known for. They don’t sound half as good with any sort of...

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        3 years ago
  • I just repeated Arteon R in my head a few times and i have to say it sounds like a spell from Harry Potter

      3 years ago
  • I'm glad Volkswagen is bringing back the VR6, even though it will be turbocharged. It was about time Volkswagen offered something else next to a 4 cilinder engine.

      3 years ago