Volkswagen T-Roc R teased
Volkswagen is set to rock the Geneva motor show with its hot new compact crossover.
Preparing to launch a “close-to-production” version of the T-Roc R at the Swiss show next month, VW has released its first official rendering which gives us a loose idea on what to expect.
As usual, the pumped-up SUV will get a more aggressive grille upfront, with wider air vents, plus larger alloys, a roof-mounted spoiler and quad-tip exhausts around the rear to distinguish it from T-Roc models currently on sale in Europe and China. The German brand has so far only said that it will have an “R-specific interior and exterior.”
Performance is yet to be detailed but the R version is tipped to get the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘EA888’ engine as the VW Golf R, producing around 228kW of power and up to 400Nm of torque. It is also expected to share the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system that helps the hatch shoot from 0-100km/h in under 5.0 seconds.
Built on the MQB platform and based on the smaller Polo, the T-Roc R will bring its own athleticism to the field with input from factory works TCR driver Benjamin Leuchter and ex-world rally driver Petter Solberg, hinting that the T-Roc may have a playful character both on and off the road. Testing has been well underway at the notorious Nurburgring in Germany and we might see VW attempt a new ‘Green Hell’ SUV lap record.
The T-Roc, currently on sale in other markets, has been delayed in its arrival to Australia because of supply constraints. However, it is expected to join the local line-up by late-2019 with no official word on the T-Roc R.