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Volkswagen Unveils CC 'R-Line'

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On: Tue, May 29, 2012 at 2:04PM | By: Chris Salamone

Volkswagen Unveils CC 'R-Line'

On Sunday, Volkswagen of America revealed a new sportiest version of the CC four-door coupe to debut physically at the Auto Mobil International car show in Leipzig on June 1st, the CC R-Line. In addition to all those perky German technologies associated with the CC Sport Plus, the R-Line will be mated to an optional six-speed manual transmission, beefier lower air intake, upgraded lights, and aggressive aesthetics.

If there’s one thing we’ve always appreciated about the Volkswagen CC, it’s the vehicle’s sophisticated style – often fitting in with equally distinctive, but significantly more expensive makes. The R-Line model appears to take style to a whole new level, aimed to find the perfect nexus of sport and luxury.

Future critics of the CC R-Line will say that VW basically took the CC Sport Plus and added some new lipstick. Sure, that’s a fair analysis. However, up-modeled sport sedans are the name of the game in the sport-luxury segment. Buyers who spend $30,000 to $45,000 on a sedan are looking for distinctiveness and refinement – qualities the R-Line has in abundance.

Sensing a critique from enthusiasts, VW’s press release states: “Compared with the Sport model, the R-Line gains a more aggressive front bumper design that incorporates a large lower air intake and projector-style foglights with a striking chrome motif. Side skirts and the R-Line logo on the grille further differentiate it from the Sport model, along with shaded taillights and unique and dramatic 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, there are stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates and the multifunction steering wheel for the DSG-equipped model has paddle shifters.”

But we really can’t complain about the similarities between VW’s Sport Plus and the R-Line because of one important difference: the six-speed. With automakers worldwide turning their collective noses at manual transmissions, the one accessory which enthusiasts can’t live without, it’s good to see VW embracing an actually sporty feature on the R-Line.

Although the recently refreshed 2013 CC went on sale in March, the R-Line model won’t be available for purchase in the United States until the end of 2012. Expect to see a lot of the same goodies – 200 horsepower, a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine, and spruced up looks – found on the current Sport Plus model, but also note the R-Line’s unique improvements. We’ve got no word yet on price, but wouldn’t be surprised to see a starting MSRP around $34,000.

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