Up until recently, performance SUVs were exclusive to premium car brands. Well, mainstream automakers want a slice of that pie too, so models like this new VW T-Roc R are something we should get used to.
Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the T-Roc R marks the first time the “R” moniker is used on an SUV. Developed by Volkswagen R, the T-Roc R offers roughly the same power as a Golf R.
It uses the same 2.0-liter TSI turbo-four that produces 300 PS (296 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. Hooked to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and standard 4Motion all-wheel drive, the gasoline engine enables the T-Roc R to boast impressive performance for an SUV.
The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint takes just 4.9 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Naturally, VW did more than just transplant the high-output engine onto the T-Roc chassis. The SUV also gains a lowered suspension and a standard progressive steering system for improved cornering, while the 17-inch braking system sourced from the Golf R Performance helps bring the T-Roc R safely to a halt.
Other performance-enhancing features include a launch control feature, a new “Race” driving mode, and the ability to manually switch off the Electronic Stability Control.
Styling-wise, the Volkswagen T-Roc R offers plenty of clues regarding its performance potential. The body kit brings a unique radiator grille underlined by a polished silver band of anodized aluminum, beefier bumpers with large intakes at the front and vents at the rear, quad exhausts and exclusive 18-inch Spielberg alloys. Optionally, customers can get 19-inch Pretoria rims in dark graphite matte shod with 235/40 R19 tires.
Other minor styling tweaks include the chrome mirror caps, roof spoiler, slightly wider wheel arches, black brake calipers, and door add-ons in the color of the vehicle. Customers also have the option of choosing a black roof.
Inside, the T-Roc R exhibits the same sporty ambiance thanks to many R-branded details, flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, a black headliner and stainless steel pedals. Compared to the regular T-Roc, the performance version features standard white ambient lighting, Shadow Steel “R” trim, ArtVelours microfiber seat cushion bolsters and modified foam inserts beneath the plastic elements, while options include features such a Nappa leather package and carbon inserts.
The car pictured here is billed by VW “a near-production concept car,” but it’s pretty obvious that this is how the finished item will look like when it’s officially launched later this year.