Volkswagen Australia has taken a standard Arteon and converted it to become something of a monster. Called the ART3on, the company’s creation is both incredibly colourful, while capable of being quite a menace on track.

Firstly, the 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine has been heavily upgraded to now make 489 PS and 600 Nm of torque, which is more than the stock 280 PS and 350 Nm.

To accomplish this, there’s a new RacingLine Stage 3 turbocharger and intake kit, R600 airbox, oil management system, intercooler upgrade and high-pressure fuel pump. There’s also a Milltek Sport Cast exhaust downpipe along with a high flow sports catalyst to ensure the exhaust portion of the motor is up to par.

Enhancements have also been made to the driveline, with the seven-speed DSG transmission receiving TVS/Harding DSG software so it can cope with the added power and adds on two-step launch control with a manual override. The 4Motion all-wheel drive system is retained here.

The result of all these modifications is a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.9 seconds, with VW Australia clocking the sprint on the slightly uphill straight at the Luddenham Raceway in Sydney.

It isn’t just fast in a straight line either, as the suspension setup now boasts Bilstein Clubsport components. Other changes are a set of Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo semi-slick tyres and the usual array of racing-related safety features like a roll cage, racing seats with harness, fuel cut-off system and a fire extinguisher.

The “sleeper” look is nullified by a unique wrap applied on the car that was designed by Sydney street artist Simon Murray (KADE). The ART3on will make its public debut at the World Time Attack Challenge on Friday and will be driven at the Sydney Motorsport Park by Renato Loberto.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TSI R-Line (Singapore spec)