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Volkswagen Arteon 'Big Sur': The most striking of the place


It is a one-off inspired by the famous California coast that will be exhibited throughout the United States.

Volkswagen's latest addition to its 2021 Enthusiast Fleet range of specialty vehicles is based on an eye-catching Arteon named after the scenic Big Sur waterfront. Inspired by that famous stretch of the California coast, those responsible for the project sought to bring out the adventurous spirit of the car and highlight its aerodynamic lines, something that they have achieved in the final result.

The most striking Arteon

Behind the Volkswagen Arteon 'Big Sur' are Sean Maynard, Rory Stramer and Gil Plasencia of FMS Automotive, and Jason Whipple of Rotiform. These motoring enthusiasts have wrapped the German model in green and outfitted it with a Voomeran Lower Balance body kit that is accompanied by a custom front splitter, side skirts, and spoiler. Now, this vehicle will be exhibited in the United States along with the rest of the Volkswagen Enthusiast Fleet.

The Arteon is a hidden gem in the Volkswagen range. It's a top-of-the-line sedan that offers the elegance of a sports car, plus it includes all the features that Volkswagen drivers have come to know and love, like Lane Assist, Car-Net, great brakes, and handling. We wanted the car to stop people in their tracks and announce: 'I'm here!' ”, Says Plasencia.

The vinyl installed on this one-off covers the entire car, including the door jambs and body side pieces, so when the doors are opened, the color change is still visible. The chosen forest green shade was inspired by a Golf R that Rotiform exhibited at the Sema Show in Las Vegas in 2019, now applied to a Volkswagen Arteon with an R-Line finish.

Lowered height

“I am very proud of the amount of detail and attention that we put into it. We removed all the doors on the vehicle and spent 50-60 hours to make sure everything was perfect. Looking at the distance, it seems like it's a paint job, ”says Plasencia. In addition, he himself confirmed that the team has made changes to the suspension of the Arteon: “we lowered an inch and a half, but in reality, it can go down to two and a half inches. However, because of the car's body kit, it gives the illusion that the car is actually lower than it is. "

This is due to the presence of adjustable Coilover-type shock absorbers that can boast of being the only mechanical component that has been modified with respect to a Volkswagen Arteon just out of the factory. This is because the team has chosen not to alter the powertrain, as well as the brakes, although it has introduced 20-inch Rotiform TUF-R monoblock wheels in a gloss black finish. These are mounted on Continental Tire Extreme Contact DWS 06 Plus tires in sizes 245/45 R20.

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