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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.

CarAndDriver 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.
 

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Well, if North America won't be getting a TDI version of the Arteon, I'd be more than happy with an R version as well. Their Golf R was so appealing to enthusiasts and normal drivers before it got axed. But I'm sure VW will be able to pull something similar once more for the Arteon.
 

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The made the right move because right now that's all that really appeals to people, you can make the coolest product out there but if its not sporty enough then it will not resonate enough

Finally VW is doing a better job of understanding the american market.
 

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These days it seems like automakers are coming out with under powered vehicles and that's such a shame, but a R variant would definitely help put some fun in how cars drive. An Arteon R would appeal to those who didn't think it has enough power and torque.
 

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The made the right move because right now that's all that really appeals to people, you can make the coolest product out there but if its not sporty enough then it will not resonate enough

Finally VW is doing a better job of understanding the american market.
If VW is doing a better job of understanding the American market, then why no T-Rock, or pickup truck? The biggest sellers in the US are SUVs, and pickups. If they were available I would have either a Amorok extended cab TDI, or a T-Roc R in my garage. I realize the T-Roc is a cross over not a true SUV, but it would work for me. Another option I would look at would be a Golf R Sportwagon.:grin:
 

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Maybe VW can take a page from German tuner ABT, they came up with an Arteon R and bumped its engine performance to deliver 331bhp and 310lb ft ot torque.
 
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