Volkswagen of America Unveiled the New Atlas Cross Sport GT
Talk about a refreshing Summer; that’s what Volkswagen of America INC gave to consumers with the Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept. The most eminent updates are a modified 2.0-liter TSI engine, lowered suspension, custom wheels, and that beautiful color palette.
“The launch of the all-new Golf GTI and Golf R got us thinking about how to inject some of that VW magic into our SUVs. This concept is proof that it’s possible to build SUVs that could appeal to our performance enthusiast base.” – Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh
Production for the Atlas Cross Sport GT began in Chattanooga. A Volkswagen enthusiast, who also calls himself the VW Nerd, Jamie Orr saw the modification he saw fit. The revisions led to an SUV concept that featured a four-seat arrangement with a stunning blue color known as Eisvogelblau or “Kingfisher Blue. ” The Chattanooga production team hand-painted the concept vehicle.
“We really wanted to draw attention to the many great attributes of the Atlas Cross Sport, particularly its strong exterior styling, and evaluate its potential performance capabilities.” -Enthusiast and Motorsport Marketing Specialist for Volkswagen, Sean Maynard
The GT concept employs the 2021 Atlas Cross SEL Premium R-Line as its base. The creation of the GT concept took several months. However, the production team worked vigorously to create a plethora of unique touches. 22-inch ABT Sport HR AEROWHEELs, and to top it off, the wheels are wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport V105 UHP 285-35R22 tires. There’s also the ST Suspension XTA Plus 3 coilovers with color-matched and branded springs. TAROX eight-piston front brakes and concept gloss black exterior trim with the GT badging incorporated throughout the vehicle.
Lift the hood, and a similar version of the EA888 2.0 TSI engine found in the Volkswagen Golf R awaits, with an IS38 turbo and a front-mounted radiator which also lies within the Mk7 Golf R. The GT concept generates over 300 horsepower. With a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission coupled with the 4Motion AWD system equipped for handling that extra power.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Volkswagen incorporated Kingfish Blue throughout the SUVs’ interior. Custom-made RECARO Sportster CS seats to the custom blue gear shift and even the seat belts. The steering wheel and custom Volkswagen Accessory floor mats complete the unified appeal that resembles the serenity of the Ocean. The best part, all of the interior materials are non-animal based.
“I have had the opportunity to drive standard production Atlas Cross Sport vehicles in a variety of different conditions and environments, which has proven to me what a capable platform it is.The production model has excellent acceleration, braking, and handling for its size, but I knew we could build a car that could maximize its potential and live up to the GT name.It’s been a lot of fun creating this concept. Hopefully, it’ll get a smile out of people.” -Volkswagen Enthusiast Jamie Orr
The Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept will be presented at select events throughout the US to close the year out.
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