Atlas Cross Sport GT Idea Injects ‘VW Magic’ Into the US-Made SUV

The Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R made their U.S. auto present debut final week in Chicago. A brand new model of the corporate’s Atlas Cross Sport SUV that takes inspiration from these fashions debuted right this moment.

“The launch of the all-new Golf GTI and Golf R obtained us occupied with how one can inject a few of that VW magic into our SUVs,” mentioned Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “This idea is proof that it is doable to construct SUVs that would attraction to our efficiency fanatic base.”

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport GT Idea has distinctive styling, a modified engine, lowered suspension, and customized wheels which are all designed to indicate off the sporty potential of the mannequin.

The idea SUV began life as a 2021 Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium R-Line manufacturing mannequin when it got here off the road at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.

The automotive was hand-painted by staff on the plant. It now has a Eisvogelblau paint colour that’s solely at present accessible on choose VW merchandise in Europe. Eisvogelblau interprets to “Kingfisher Blue”.

It was enhanced by Volkswagen fanatic Jamie Orr, who self-describes as a “full-time skilled VW nerd” in his Twitter profile. The construct took a number of months to finish.

Along with the blue paint, the SUV’s physique wears idea gloss black exterior trim, which replaces conventional chrome brightwork, in addition to GT badging.

The prolonged listing of modifications consists of new ST Suspension XTA Plus 3 coilovers with color-matched and GT Idea -branded springs. Stopping energy is courtesy of Tarox eight-piston entrance brakes. The entire rig rides on 22-inch ABT Sport HR Aerowheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport V105 UHP 285/35R22 tires.

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“We actually needed to attract consideration to the numerous nice attributes of the Atlas Cross Sport, significantly its robust exterior styling, and consider its potential efficiency capabilities,” mentioned Sean Maynard, Fanatic and Motorsport Advertising and marketing Specialist for Volkswagen.

A model of the corporate’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is beneath the hood. It is historically present in a Golf R. The SUV additionally obtained a front-mounted radiator from a Mk7 Golf R. The mixture permits 300 horsepower to be on the prepared with dealing with aided by an ordinary all-wheel drive system.

The inside options the Eisvogelblau colour all through from the automotive’s bespoke Recaro Sportster CS seats to the blue-accented gear shift, security belts, steering wheel and customized ground mats. All the inside supplies are non-animal based mostly.

A one-of-a-kind middle console contains a Volkswagen Equipment comfort protected and extra USB charging ports.

The Atlas Cross Sport GT Idea will likely be touring the U.S. at choose occasions this summer season.