VW is launching the new T-Roc R in markets across Europe as the hottest version of the company’s sub-compact SUV that happens to share its powertrain with the Golf R.
This makes the new VW T-Roc R the brand’s first SUV to receive the ‘R’ moniker too. A turbocharged 2.0-liter unit that produces 296 HP (300 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque lives under the bonnet. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is the only option.
With this amount of firepower, it’s no wonder that the T-Roc R can manage the classic 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in under five seconds – 4.8 to be exact. Top speed is electronically governed to 155 mph (250 km/h) as is the case for fast VW models.
The chassis gets a lowered sports suspension, bigger brakes, a progressive steering system and an electronic stability control than can be fully deactivated. There’s also an optional ‘R’ Performance Titanium exhaust system made from Akrapovic for those who want the sportiest soundtrack from the T-Roc R’s quad tailpipes.
As expected, the exterior of the new VW T-Roc R features a more aggressive look, courtesy of the R-styled bumpers, unique air intakes with black fins and model-specific daytime-running lights. The LED taillights feature dark red clusters, a set of 18-inch alloy wheels are standard fit -with 19-inch dark graphite ones an option, alongside a set of adaptive dampers.
Inside we find a set of body-hugging seats for the front passengers, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with App-Connect, a digital instrument cluster and a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel. Customers can opt for a wireless charging pod, stop & go adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, Rear Traffic Alert and more.
Prices for the new VW T-Roc R start from 43,995 euros ($48,300 in current exchange rates) in Germany, making it 2,290 euros ($2,500) cheaper than the Golf R in its home market.