Volkswagen ART3on: Apprentice-built special hits 100km/h in 3.9 seconds


A team of Volkswagen Australia apprentices has made the Arteon 206TSI into a sub-4.0-second car, as a showcase for the World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The modified five-door, dubbed ART3on, makes 360kW and 600Nm from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, up from 206kW and 350Nm. That extra grunt has been liberated by a raft of ‘Stage 3’ parts from RacingLine, including software tweaks and hardware changes like a bigger turbocharger.

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of the ART3on’s creation… and a drive! 

It rides on a custom Bilstein suspension, and the interior is kitted out with a roll cage, racing seats and harnesses, a fuel cut-off, and a fire extinguisher. Oh, and the standard tyres have been subbed for Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo semi-slicks, for better off-the-line traction.

As a result, the car hit 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds down the back straight at Luddenham Raceway in New South Wales. Volkswagen claims the run was conducted uphill, too.

“This program is unique to the Australian automotive sector in that we are collaborating with a part of the industry that we typically wouldn’t as a subsidiary importer,” said Luka Popovac, national customer experience and capability manager for VW Australia.

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