2014 VW GSR

VW Balances Truly High Performance 2014 Models with New Medium Grade R-Line Trims

It seems that the folks at Volkswagen have decided after a few years of chasing the mainstream market with the Jetta and Passat to return to the brand’s German sporting roots that spawned their old tagline “Driver’s Wanted.” How so, exactly?

Well, they have not only expanded the number of bespoke high performance models that they sell but they have also taken some previously un-sporty models like the Tiguan and Touareg and added the R-line trim made up of suspension, wheel, tire and appearance upgrades.

With the R-Line trim which is available on 2014 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC sedan, Tiguan and Touareg SUV models buyers can now give these somewhat plebian models much needed visual attitude as well as handling improvements over lesser variants. For example, the Beetle R-Line is only available with a 2.0 liter 210 horsepower turbocharged and direct injected 4-cylinder and is available with sport seats, a sport R-Line dash as well as Bi-Xenon headlamps for sporty driving maneuvers on dark roads.

The CC sedan R-Line and Tiguan R-Line both boast a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder as well good for 200 horsepower but they also feature handsomely styled, thick rimmed R-Line steering wheels that look amazing. The CC R-Line sedan is possibly the most successful interpretation of German sport sedan pretense thanks to its handsome alloy wheels and enhanced bodykit that gives the rakish four door coupe an even more aggressive appearance. We also appreciate that the CC R-Line can be purchased with a manual transmission.

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