VW T-Roc R Looks Like A 305 HP Sleeper In Latest Spy Photos

Volkswagen is in the midst of expanding its R lineup and the company’s latest model has been spied undergoing testing near the Nürburgring.

Expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show this fall, the 2019 T-Roc R looks virtually identical to the standard model but there are some subtle styling touches which indicate this is the high-performance variant. Starting up front, the T-Roc R eschews traditional fog lights and they’re replaced by new vents which will likely improve engine cooling. Additional changes are limited but the production model will have a modestly revised grille with R badging.

The most noticeable modifications occur further back as the T-Roc R has a sport-tuned suspension which significantly lowers the ride height. The high-performance variant has also been equipped with a new rear bumper that has been designed to accommodate a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.

Spy photographers haven’t gotten close enough to snap interior photos but the T-Roc R-Line Interior Package gives us a pretty good idea about what to expect. The package includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, two-tone seats and a black headliner. Other highlights include stainless steel pedals, door sill plates and special floor mats.

Power will likely be provided by a familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It produces 310 PS (228 kW / 305 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque in the Golf R. Those figures will likely carryover to the T-Roc R and the engine should be paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.

Volkswagen has been coy on additional details but the company’s chassis development boss, Karsten Schebsdat, has previously said the T-Roc R will “definitely be even more fun” than the standard model.

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Photo credits: CarPix and S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Merc1

    It immediately looks better than all the SUVS that VW sells here except the Atlas R Line. Why doesn’t the U.S. get this? It would sell like hotcakes.

    M

    • ctse

      Probably too small for the US, then again the Audi Q2 is on sale in the US so suppose the VW group didn’t see fit to have 2 vehicles in the segment competing against each other from within their group.

      • Merc1

        The Q2 is on sale here in the U.S. This VW can’t be any smaller than some of the other mini utes/crossovers out there. It’s a missed opportunity.

        M

    • LWOAP

      I’m still convinced VW has a grudge against the US.

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s ugly. Sorry.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      No need to apologize when you speak the truth.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Spy shots of a VW that look just like every other crappy VW = Spy Shot Fail

    • TheHake

      Uhm… the T-Roc looks nothing like other VW’s and for some people an R variant is actually big news.

  • Miknik

    Really funny how it has real exhausts (for now at least) below the fake ones.

    Otherwise it’s either a sleeper, or just boring.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      That’s not exhaust above the quad pipes. That’s just trim.

  • alexxx

    Looks like 120hp car…

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