Driving VW Arteon Fast - Engine Concerns

I love my 2019 VW Arteon. After the first service everything came back healthy. That being said, I love to drive in sport mode and accelerate as quickly as possible. When I’m driving back roads I sometimes like to bring it over 120mph. The top speed of the car is 155mph. It handles well at high speed.

I’m just curious if this car is designed to have fun with. I heard somewhere that if you drove the jetta like a sports car it would brake down, but the Arteon was meant to be a fun car and more durable, certainly the suspension has been. So beyond just wearing my car down a little quicker, do you think I’ll damage the car by driving like this? I don’t drive over 100mph that often. I just like to accelerate and have fun with the car.

120 on back roads? Stop driving. You are a menace when you do that. Even 120 on a limited access highway is dangerous.


I’ll second that reply. 120 mph on US public roads makes you dangerous to anyone else out on the road. They are not designed to be the Autobahn with unlimited speeds.

If you kill yourself at that speed, that was your own stupidity. If you kill someone else, if you survive, you are going to prison.

As for the car being able to take it without breaking (not braking) sure, no issues. The car is just a prettier Jetta, anyway. If you want to drive fast, find yourself a track-day event and have your fun on a race track.


The OP’s concerns about his engine should be the least of his worries if he is going to drive like that.


First of all, it is low-end torque, not the highest speed you can reach which makes a car feel “fast”. For example, the Chrysler models from the 1990s, which had the 2.5L 4-cylinder or 3.0L V-6 engine were fun to drive, and felt “fast” because these engines were designed to provide lots of torque at low RPMs, resulting in rapid off-the-line acceleration. I doubt any of these models could even reach 100 MPH, except maybe descending from a mountain, and then the brakes would be inadequate.

Second, I don’t think any car is designed to “accelerate as quickly as possible” except maybe on an occasional basis. If you want to maximize the life of your transmission, the correct way to drive is to let the car accelerate slowly so the transmission can shift through all the gears like it is designed to.

Third, I don’t think it is safe to drive over 100 MPH on any public road, due to the risk of unforseen obstacles and other drivers doing things you did not expect. You also risk serious fines and jail time, and having your vehicle impounded if caught driving that fast in many jurisdictions.

I wonder if the OP is measuring his speed in kilometers per hour as opposed to.miles per hour.

At some point you will discover the tires will give up traction or someone else will pull a maneuver you were not expecting before the engine surrenders. Unless you run it low or out of motor oil…

Wanna hear something funny. It has the same chassis, engine and transmission as the Jetta GLI. Most of VW’s lineup and the entry level Audis share much of the same hardware. The Arteon’s stock struts and shocks the same ones used in the GTI with the control arms and sway bars coming from the Jetta.

The Arteon should be just a durable as any other VW. But not any more durable as any other VW. As the bits and pieces are shared between a half dozen or more models. Basically, bespoke model-specific parts (aside from body panels and interior trim) are a rarity for VW these days.

I appreciate everyone’s concern for my safety. It was on a straight, flat road with no intersections and very good visibility. There was no significant risk to anyone’s safety. Additionally, I rarely rarely drive like this. I wanted to see what my car could do. I was very familiar with the road.



My old racing bud said it does not hurt a good car to go fast, kind of doubted it after he had to do a couple engine rebuilds.

All of them could crack 100 mph. 2.5 four and 3.0 V6. Lower drag helps CAFE numbers, but also helps top speed. Stupid to do so… but they would.


That’s interesting. I always wanted a Dodge Shadow with the 3.0L engine. There was one on Craigslist here a few months back, but when I called, the person said someone else was coming to buy it.

I used to own an ES Turbo version of the '90 Daytona. The 2.5L Turbo engine was rated at 150hp. I never went this fast in it, but my brother once told me (from experience) that it could do 130mph. Don’t know if that was max or if there was some room left.

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Note that even the 2.5 non turbo had a 108 mph top speed.

Come on, none of you guys ever went 120 on a public road? Or is it do as I say, not do as I do? None of you ever wanted to enter the Cannonball? It was a real event they made a bad movie about and was run quite a few times.


That remind’s me of a driver in a truck stop one time you know the one’s that are always running their mouth and bragging about how fast their truck is after a while another driver got tired of hearing it he asked the guy how do you know your truck can do 100 MPH when the speedomometr ony goe’s up to 80 the guy pulled a piece of paper out of his pocket an says I have proof from a Wyoming state trooper it was a speeding ticket.

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About 5 months ago there was a Plymouth Duster 3.0 L 5 speed for sale in Prescott, AZ, it appeared to be in good condition and it was reasonably priced.

I once drove a New Yorker with the 3.3 L engine up to 100 MPH, it reached that speed without effort. At that time most Chrysler products were electronically limited to 108 MPH do to the standard tires used, that number is mentioned above and is shown in many magazine tests. Vehicles with performance packages/tires were speed limited to 130 MPH, an unusual example of this might be the 2002-2004 Chrysler 300 Special, same speed limitation as the police package Intrepid.

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Assuming the tires on the car are rated for that sort of speed I don’t believe any other harm came to the car other than tire wear. The car was designed to do autobahn speeds even though legally we can’t hit anywhere near those here in the US.

The only Chrysler Cars I have ever owned that would no break 100 were my 52 and 54 Plymouths. Even the base PT Cruiser would hit 105.