Although the 2009 VW Tiguan compact crossover SUV offers more than adequate dynamic for everyday commute, German tuner B&B apparently decided that you can never get too much oomph for a car like this. And, given how dull the original bodywork of the small SUV looks, it is actually great that the German tuning specialist didn’t forget to offer a very organic body kit in the process.
Let me put it straight: I don’t really dig this relatively new “compact crossover SUV” segment. I mean, a mid-size SUV is a basically a station wagon with increased ground clearance, all-wheel drive system, and lots of electronic gizmos to help it churn its way through a moderately wet or snowed unpaved road, while carrying home a new bookcase system from IKEA.
Although it is heavy and fuel-thirsty, and it is not that brilliant in fast cornering, this is an adequate price you pay for the vehicle’s versatility.
When you design a Tiguan, or a Q5, or an X3, or even a GLK, you actually get a Golf-class vehicle -which is, let’s face it, not the icon of comfort from the very beginning- and make it a complete waste by adding weight, elevating its center of gravity, and making the poor bastard corner like a wheeled APC.
So, getting yourself a Tiguan, you are not buying a car, but rather make a statement, like “I never go off-road, but girls don’t dig me and this compact SUV is my last hope to increase my mating abilities so that I can contribute to the evolution of the human species, although I am not sure if they would appreciate properly the fact that a bookcase from IKEA won’t fit into my car.” Well, something like that.
Okay, the German tuning specialist B&B has a good news for you. The company has just revealed a number engine upgrade programs for the most popular versions of the compact aphrodisiac.
The entry-level Tiguan equipped with a 1.4-liter TFSI engine can now be equipped with an ECU tuning module increasing its power output from 150hp to 220hp and its torque also skyrockets from 240 Nm to much more appealing 330 Nm.
The 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine gets a power boost of 50hp and 70 Nm to 220hp and 420 Nm.
And the most popular Tiguan powered by the 2.0-liter TSI engine received its own four-stage tuning program increasing its power output from meager 170hp to much more impressive 300hp.
This is done, as I already said, in four stages.
First you pay €998 to reprogram the SUV’s ECU module and to squeeze out of it some 70hp.
Then you pay even more money to install new air pipe (+10hp) and better intercooler (+36hp) getting as the result healthy 286hp.
If that’s not enough, you can opt for the fourth stage, at which German tuners will install a special sport exhaust and a slim-line oil cooler totaling the maximum power output at 300hp and 420Nm. Not bad, right?
Of course, there is also a suspension lowering kit decreasing the vehicle’s center of gravity by up to 40mm, a body kit, and a choice of 18, 19 and 20-inch lightweight wheels.
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