Volkswagen unleashes range-topping T-Roc R
Volkswagen has revealed a new stablemate for its popular Golf R – the T-Roc R.
Based on the firm’s compact T-Roc crossover, this high-powered version is the R division’s second model after the Golf R.
The T-Roc R will be going up against the likes of the Audi SQ2 and Cupra Ateca.
It benefits from flared wheel arches, 18-inch alloy wheels and a 20mm drop in ride height, while the front and rear bumpers have also been redesigned to give them a more dynamic look. It brings the T-Roc R closer in line with the current Golf R.
Much like with the Golf R, there’s a series of upgrades available for the T-Roc R. A full leather interior pack can be specified, as well as carbon-effect side panels for the interior. An Akrapovic stainless-steel exhaust will give the car a more noticeable sound, while 19-inch alloy wheels are available to give the car a little more presence on the road.
Underneath the bonnet sits a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. Driven to the road through a seven-speed DSG gearbox and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, it can go from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 155mph.
Inside, the T-Roc R benefits from a series of subtle upgrades over the regular model. Sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel are two clear changes over the standard T-Roc, while a variety of ‘R’ logos have been applied throughout the cabin.
Volkswagen has stated that this model is a ‘near-production concept car’ – although we’d expect it to remain relatively unchanged when it hits the road. Production dates, prices and full specifications have yet to be announced, however.