Volkswagen T-Roc R: Wolfsburg's First Performance SUV

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Ahead of its launch at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, Volkswagen has released official info and photos of its all-new T-Roc R, the brand's first performance SUV. Herewith the details.

From the official teaser video we saw that the Volkswagen T-Roc R was set to be powered by a Golf R engine. Now we have the official specifications and performance details. It's a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine which produces 221 kW and 400 Nm. Power goes to all 4 wheels via a 4Motion setup and a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

Performance is brisk. With a 0-100 kph claimed time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph, the new Volkswagen T-Roc R is going to be one fast SUV. Based on an existing Volkswagen T-Roc, the R features sports running gear with lowered suspension for improved handling. The steering has been revised for an agile driving behaviour, while the brakes have been transplanted straight from a Golf R. There some driving modes too, including a special rade mode and just for good measure, Volkswagen has fitted its T-Roc R with launch control.

The new Volkswagen T-Roc R was finetuned at the Nurburgring by Volkswagen's R division and some of the development assistance came from racing driver expertise of WRX World Champion Petter Solberg

At this stage, the Volkswagen T-Roc is not yet available in SA, but as soon as we have more information, we'll let you know. For now, all we can do is just dream of driving the new Volkswagen T-Roc R.


The cabin of the Volkswagen T-Roc R has a sporty theme and is well appointed.

Further Reading

Volkswagen T-Roc (2018) International Launch Review

Volkswagen Officially Unveils T-Roc Compact SUV

VW T-Roc Convertible SUV Coming in 2020

Volkswagen T-Roc R Burns the Ring

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