Volkswagen of America has commissioned a one-off GT concept of its two-row Atlas Cross Sport that employs the more powerful 2.0-liter engine from the Golf R, two rows of Recaro racing seats and color-matched performance calipers and wheel inserts to match the vehicle's striking "Kingfisher Blue" paint scheme.
The build was done by VW enthusiast Jamie Orr, owner of Orchid Euro, as a way to "inject some of that VW magic into our SUVs," Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said in a statement. "This concept is proof that it's possible to build SUVs that could appeal to our performance enthusiast base."
Hand-painted at VW's Chattanooga assembly plant, the Atlas Cross Sport GT concept is built on the vehicle's top trim line, with 22-inch ABT Sport HR Aerowheels, wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport V105 UHP 285/35R22 tires. The vehicle features ST Suspension XTA Plus 3 coilovers with color-matched and GT Concept-branded springs and TAROX eight-piston front brakes, with concept gloss-black exterior trim pieces replacing the standard chrome finishes. Custom GT badging also is used.