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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.

There’s often a recipe for these kinds of car builds. In the most basic terms, these cars have exterior modifications, an air ride suspension system and a tailored interior along with an install that shows off the working of the air ride system. Some of these show cars feature a host of engine modifications too, and the cars that have all the above done well are the ones that make a splash on the socials. This Tiguan R was given a set of special wheels, which is something many people do, but in this case the Tig rolls on genuine Bentley wheels, not aftermarket replicas. Stance is a big part of the game, and so the car features a full air ride suspension system that’s headed up by an immaculate booty install that incorporates an amazing sound system. The quality of work carried out is second-to-none and is so neat and clean you’d be forgiven for thinking it was built at factory level - if manufacturers did these kinds of things. The overall result is a stunning example of a bagged Tiguan, but there was one more ace up the Boldyline sleeve, and the clue is in the name that has been given to the premium SUV - the Tiguan RSR. There’s an extra RS in the name, and that alludes to the motor swap that was also carried out. Who has RS in their model lineup? Audi of course. That’s right, these guys shoehorned a powerplant sourced from a modern Audi RS3 into the Tiguan R. The RSR is fitted with Audi’s turbocharged 2.5 litre, 5-cylinder DAZA engine that’s rated at a powerful 294 Kw with 480 Nm of torque. That’s in stock form, and this setup has seen a few tweaks to bring that power up a little too. This isn’t like an old-school Mk1 Golf that you can chuck a 3.2 VR6 powerplant in over a weekend and have it running before work on Monday. This is a modern car with all the latest electronics, and the amount of work and expertise needed to not only carry out an engine swap but to make it all link up to the car’s original electronics is some next-level stuff. This conversion has been done so well that a peek in the engine bay reveals a swap done so well that it looks 100% original. Everything works as it does in a regular Tig R, you can climb in, fire it up and drive it to Durban. From the driver’s seat, the only telltale sign that there’s some skullduggery under the bonnet is the loud and unmistakable 5-cylinder engine tone. Bodyline did what they set out to do with the Tiguan RSR, making it the most amazing car seen at Camp Fest 2023, which begged the question as to how they could possibly do the same for the 2024 instalment of the show… Well, they pitched with the Baby RSR - a DAZA-swapped Volkswagen T-Roc! Boss levels.   

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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