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.