The Volkswagen Arteon is the brand's new flagship sedan, directly succeeding the CC. That said, the large VW sedan is often associated with luxury and comfort rather than top speed and handling on track. Volkswagen Australia however, thinks otherwise. The guys from down under took a standard Arteon and turned it into a 489 PS monster called the ART3on.
First the name. The word 'art' is emphasized because of the Arteon's all new colorful exterior wrap which was done by Sydney street artist Simon Murray (better known as KADE). Underneath the futuristic one-of-a-kind artwork, the body of the R-Line Arteon is finished in the standard Turmeric Yellow Metallic offered by Volkswagen and has not been modified.
Aside from the coloro wrap, Volkswagen also bumped the power up on the ART3on with it now producing 489 PS and 600 Nm of torque from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine. To do so, a new turbocharger was fitted together with new intake, airbox, and intercooler. An improved oil management system and high-pressure fuel pump was also fitted to ensure the engine runs smoothly with the bigger turbo and higher boost. A high flow downpipe and full exhaust was also added to help the engine breathe better.
With the huge bump in power, the driveline has also been improved. The 7-speed DSG transmission received updated TVS/Harding software so it could cope with the boost in power and now comes with a two-step launch control. Power is still sent to all four wheels via Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
Because of the changes, the more powerful Arteon can now sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed was not mentioned, but expect it to be higher than the 250 km/h top speed on a standard unit.
To help it handle better on track, the Arteon benefits from Bilstein Clubsport suspension and larger APR brakes. There are new wheels as well which are wrapped in a set of Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo semi-slick tires. Inside, the interior has been stripped out and is now fitted with a roll cage and racing seats.
The Volkswagen ART3on will make its public debut and even participate at the currently on-going World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney, Australia.