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Hot Volkswagen T-Roc R SUV is go

Published: 13 February 2019

► New VW T-Roc R SUV
► Golf R powertrain expected
► Will be revealed at Geneva 2019 

It’s official: VW is building a T-Roc R. Wolfsburg has released a sketch teaser of the hot SUV bound for the Geneva 2019 show floor.

Volkswagen has given absolutely nothing away other than this teaser and confirmation that it has been tested at the Nürburgring. But then again, what hasn’t these days?Happily, we know a little more than VW’s first official confirmation, so read on for more info...

Tell me more about the T-Roc R powertrain…

Essentially a VW Golf R on stilts (thanks to the shared MQB architecture), the go-faster T-Roc shares the hot hatch's all-wheel drive powertrain and that extends to the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, CAR understands.

VW T-Roc R rear

Word is, it'll also share the peak power output of 306bhp. In a smaller but taller bodyshell, we'd anticipate key acceleration figures a little slower than the Golf R's 5.1sec 0-62mph time and top speed pegged back to 155mph. Bluff aerodynamics, a taller centre of gravity and a higher mass will all take their toll.

VW T-Roc R: the performance look

We’ve seen one of the R prototypes leaving the group Nurburgring test facility, where it’s been undergoing high-speed performance and endurance testing.

The quad tailpipes at the rear are a giveaway that this is no normal T-Roc, but it's not yet clear if a more aggressive aero package, bumpers and spoilers will be added to final production versions; the new sketches suggest they will be, but it remains to be seen how much the designers' doodles will be watered down for production.

Bigger brakes, larger-diameter alloy wheels and tuned suspension complete the VW T-Roc R look.

VW T-Roc R side

Simpler, reconfigured day-running lights (DRLs) can also be seen in our spy photos above. Volkswagen has pledged to keep the GTI badge for its purist hot hatchbacks; however, it's quite happy to let go-faster SUVs wear the R moniker.

VW T-Roc R: price and release date

The T-Roc is selling well for VW; around 200,000 have been sold since the crossover’s release date in November 2017. Given the Geneva motor show reveal, we expect the T-Roc to go on general sale in the second half of 2019, priced similarly to the Golf R.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches