Volkswagen’s R badge has been languishing for a while, but former Ford motorsports boss Jost Capito plans to bring the performance division back to its former glory.
Here’s a man with an impressive resume; staring his career at Porsche before working with the Sauber Formula 1 team, leading VW Motorsport, becoming the head of McLaren Racing, and now he’s back with VW.
Over the years, Volkswagen R has churned out exceptional vehicles including the VR6–powered Golf R32, Passat R36, V-10 TDI–powered Touareg R50, and the more recent Golf R. Sure, some vehicles are offered with R-Line trim packages, but we haven’t seen a true R model in a long time.
Enthusiasts were promised a Golf R400 back in 2015, a EA888 2.0 gasoline powered all-wheel-drive Golf that was developed by the same man who created AMG’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. But it was axed in light of Dieselgate and all we now have is a memory of that 420 horsepower concept.
does have good news for Volkswagen R fans as they’re expecting an even more performance oriented Golf R along with a T-ROC R. We may even see a Tiguan R, Touareg R, and even an Arteon R. Aside from the Touareg, the new R models should be hiding ultra-high-output four-cylinder engines under those bonnets, though the Arteon R may be equipped with a downsized VR6 turbo.
We have high expectation from Jost Capito and hope to see a resurgence of the R badge.