4MOTION with R-Performance torque vectoring. The Arteon R and Arteon R Shooting Brake come equipped with a new all-wheel drive system with the designation 4MOTION with R-Performance torque vectoring, an exclusive feature for this product line. A newly developed rear axle differential distributes the drive power variably between the front and rear axles – and as a new feature, also variably between the left and right rear wheels. Here’s how it works: the differential from the 4MOTION drive system familiar from other Volkswagen MQB models (MQB: modular transverse matrix) distributes the force on a variable basis between the front and rear axle via a multi-plate clutch, while the rear differential lock is open. Depending on the situation, 50 to 100 percent of the drive force flows to the front axle and between 0 and 50 percent to the rear axle. The new 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with R-Performance torque vectoring function, however, can also distribute the torque to the rear axle variably between both rear wheels via two additional electrically operated multi-plate clutches. Thanks to the wheel-selective power at the wheels, up to 100 percent of the possible torque can be directed to the wheel on the outside of the bend. This reduces the cornering radius and understeer is eliminated. This leads to noticeably more agile vehicle handling. The standard progressive steering is a perfect match for this agility. The intensity of the power distribution is determined by the current steering angle, accelerator pedal position, lateral acceleration, yaw rate and speed. The driver can also influence the way in which the new all-wheel drive and the stabilising vehicle dynamics systems work via the driving profile selection (Comfort, Sport, Race and Individual). Using the blue light-up R button in the new multifunction steering wheel, drivers of the Arteon R and Arteon R Shooting Brake can switch directly to the driving profile selection (gentle tap) or straight to the Race mode (firm press).