A fast version of VW’s T-Roc small SUV has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring. Here are the details so far
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- VW T-Roc R spotted testing
- Could produce 310hp
- One of four R models that may be released
- Could be on sale in late 2018
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This test car isn’t wearing any camouflage, but it looks very similar to the regular T-Roc. The only noticeable change is that this car has four exhaust pipes sticking out the back, like the Golf R. This test car looks very similar to the R-Line model, with large alloy wheels and a fairly subtle roof spoiler. We’d expect the production model of the T-Roc R to come with a more aggressive front end and R badging in the grille.
The standard T-Roc shares much of its interior with the Polo on which it’s based, but there will likely be sporty trim bits thrown in. It’ll get bucket-style seats that’ll support you in corners better and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with R badging. The large central infotainment screen will remain, stainless steel pedals will be fitted and it’s expected that body-coloured trim pieces will still be an option.
Engines and driving
The T-Roc R is most likely going to use a version of the Golf R’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, tuned for the T-Roc to produce around 310hp and making the VW one of the fastest small SUVs on the market. In the Golf R, that same engine flies the car from 0-62 in 4.6 seconds, so we’d expect the T-Roc R to hit that target in around five seconds.
All fast T-Rocs will come with VW’s 4Motion four-wheel-drive system, mated to either a seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. The suspension will be lower and firmer to cope with the extra power.
Price and release date
If it’s given the green light, the VW T-Roc R should be on sale by late 2018. With equivalent hot Golfs costing upwards of £30,000, expect this car to carry a similarly large premium over the rest of the range.