Many out there don’t know that South Africa plays host to one of the biggest gatherings of Volkswagen enthusiasts on the planet on an annual basis - SA Camp Fest. The event is dedicated to all things Volkswagen and it attracts thousands and thousands of VAG owners from all around the country, it’s not uncommon to see cars arrive from Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban and every outlying town in between arrive to compete in the massive show. The cars that go up on stage to be judged range from home-built budget builds through to eye-wateringly expensive builds, but all of them are done so well that they’re not just amazing here in SA, but could easily compete on an international level. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to build a car that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Many take this as a challenge, but in the 7 or 8 years that I judged the show, few have managed to unveil a car that goes instantly viral across the world’s popular motoring social media channels. There have been some very tasty Mk1 Golfs that have done well, but this build from the crew at Bodyline Auto Panel & Paint set new standards. These guys took one of the coolest modern Volkswagens, the Tiguan, and treated it to a full makeover that saw changes to just about every facet of the car. To start with, the base for the project was the range-topping Tiguan R, which is already a beast of an SUV. In OEM guise, the SUV is powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder rated at a decent 235 kW of power, and that power is sent to all four wheels via VW’s trusted 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. In R-spec it has all the right changes to the bodywork to make it stand out. For many that would be good enough, but the Bodyline crew wanted to make a statement and set new standards, so they set about creating a very special car that could lay claim to being the first of its kind in the world.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the awesome bunch at Cars.co.za as they shine their spotlight on one of the coolest Volkswagen Tiguans on the planet that was built right here in SA. The Bodyline Tiguan RSR is a DAZA-swapped showcar that sets new levels in the scene, both locally and internationally: Audi RS3 engine swap on a VW Tiguan: Brutal-sounding family car sleeper | Cars.co.za
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