New VW T-Roc R Wants To Become The Default Hot Hatch On Stilts

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.

Also Read: VW T-Roc R Unveiled With 300 PS, Does 0-100 Km/h In 4.9 Seconds

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.

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  • performante

    This needs to come to the US.

    • Stephen G

      You can get a used on here in the US…only it’s called a Dodge Caliber SRT4.

      • Classic Bob

        True, but oh so false..

  • dumblikeyou2

    Which platform is this based upon?

    • performante

      MQB

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Great until the first corner.
    American will love it!

  • FordMopar

    So basically as new Ford Puma ST competitor if Ford builds one. Are they literally stupid or what? VW and Ford know that America doesn’t want small cars anymore, they go for CUV. There’s your market share to snap up, Ford and VW!

  • Salih Ahzem

    It seems like nobody can agree upon which class T-Roc belongs to, sub-compactt or compact? May be it does not matter at all, as now VW has 4 sub-compact/compact cuvs in Europe, T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan SWB and Tiguan LWB…

  • SteersUright

    Love it. Looks great. Too pricey for me but I do like it. Hope it drives as well as a Golf R.

  • Nowan

    I’d still prefer the ageing mk7 golf R

  • Wandering_Spirit

    One of the few VW models that has some appeal, together with the now retired Scirocco. Also one of the SUVs/Xvers worth a thought.

  • Alduin

    Cool car,it’s too bad VW US doesn’t offer it here. Idiots.

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