New Volkswagen T-Roc gets 296bhp to take on the Audi SQ2

Hot new VW T-Roc R is the second model from the brand’s performance division after the Golf R and will be officially revealed at Geneva

Volkswagen’s relentless SUV boom continues with this, the new VW T-Roc R. It’s the R division’s second performance model, joining the Golf, and is due to go on sale in the UK at the end of the year.

Set to make its debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show, it joins a rapidly-expanding class of compact performance SUVs, all from the VW Group stable, with the Audi SQ2 and Cupra Ateca its direct rivals.

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Choosing the T-Roc as a base for VW’s next R model was a no-brainer – it’s one of the brand’s biggest sellers behind the Golf and Polo, and uses a lot of the same running gear as the existing Golf R.

Setting the flagship T-Roc apart visually are trademark R design cues such as the flared wheelarches housing 18-inch alloys, a hunkered stance thanks to a 20mm drop in ride height, plus deep front and rear bumpers for a more aggressive look.

Under the skin it’s powered by the firm’s proven 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, developing 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. This is paired to a seven-speed DSG box and 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard.

Volkswagen claims a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds, thanks to the addition of launch control, and a top speed limited to 155mph. As with the Golf R, a raft of options is also available for the T-Roc R, with the standout features an Akrapovic sports exhaust and 19-inch alloy wheels, like the ones pictured above.

Inside the makeover is less dramatic; fabric sports seats and a flat-bottomed R steering wheel are the main visual changes. A new Race setting has also been added to the model’s selectable driving modes. 

The T-Roc R isn’t Volkswagen’s first high-performance SUV: back in 2007 the firm launched the Touareg R50, powered by a 345bhp 5.0-litre V10 diesel engine.

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