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Volkswagen Tiguan news - Tig' daddy - 2007
The time between a manufacturer releasing a new
model and the tuning fraternity seizing upon it like vultures on a limping
bunny shortens again. VW has barely taken the wraps off the Tiguan SUV, but
that hasn’t stopped ABT Sportsline tuning it up to a frenzied state of
The guys at ABT don’t just do the standard cosmetic overhaul
- after years of involvement in Germany’s DTM touring car championship with
Audi, they’re pretty good at squeezing out a bit of extra power, too - so you
can be fairly sure you’re getting the quickest Tiguan on the road. Actually,
you might be getting the only Tiguan on the road for a while.
ABT has boosted the power of the Tiguan’s 1.4-litre TSI petrol
engine by 33 per cent to an impressive 200bhp, while if you opt for the
turbodiesel with ABT’s brilliantly named Power S turbo option, you’ll see the
same power output and an even bigger lump of torque.
Those wheels are 20-inchers, and naturally there’s a
four-pipe exhaust round the back. Despite ourselves, we actually rather like
the hotted-up Tiguan with its big silly bodykit and faux-aluminium skidpan.
Maybe there’s something to be said for getting into the tuning game early.