Volkswagen has confirmed a hot version of its T-Roc SUV is imminent, ahead of its full unveiling
The Volkswagen T-Roc R, the hottest version of the firm’s compact SUV, has been confirmed for production. Volkswagen announced the car’s imminent release in an official teaser video, which showed a camouflaged T-Roc R undergoing testing at the Nurburgring.
This video is our first official glimpse at the new model. It follows a stream of spy shots and an official statement from Volkswagen’s Brand CEO, Herbert Diess, confirming that an R version would eventually top the T-Roc range.
While early sightings of the sporty crossover showed a test mule dressed in the standard T-Roc body, Volkswagen’s official teaser video and our most recent spy shots appear to feature a disguised version of the production model.
The front bumper has a larger, deeper air dam than the standard car, and appears to extend almost the full width of the body. It also sits lower to the ground, and this mule shares its 19-inch wheel design with the Golf R. At the back, the bumper has changed shape to accommodate quad tailpipes – another feature borrowed from the Golf.
Speaking at the annual ‘GTI Treffen’ VW meet at Lake Worthersee in Austria in May 2017, Diess told Auto Express that while the GTI brand will be reserved for performance-oriented hot hatchbacks, the R brand has more potential.
“We have a second sub brand which is R. GTI has something to do with the hatch and this size of car – we shouldn’t expand this brand.
“For high-performance SUVs there is definitely customer demand. There are some premium cars there already that are quite successful. I agree that it is a good fit for the brand.”
We’ve already seen that the Cupra Ateca – the first dedicated spin-off from SEAT’s new performance brand – is on the way, and the VW T-Roc R is likely to use the same powertrain.
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That means power will come from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine – a unit also used by the Golf R. In the Golf it makes 306bhp and 400Nm, and is transferred to the road through all four wheels. It’s very likely that the T-Roc will offer a very similar set-up – possibly in a slightly detuned state so that it doesn’t tread too firmly on the Golf’s toes.
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