T-Roc SUV shadows Golf R in performance.
VW’s first R-specification SUV has commenced distribution in Europe, the launch location for its global rollout.
A bold new initiative for VW, the T-Roc R features a similar power – and drivetrain to what followers of the brand have come to expect from any Wolfsburg R-car: turbocharged 2-litre power and all-wheel drive.
In the T-Roc R application, there is a 220 kW 2-litre engine (which also boosts 400 Nm) and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
With excellent traction, courtesy fo VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, the T-Roc R runs 0-100 kph in only 4.9 seconds. That is only a tenth slower than the current Golf R of similar power- and drivetrain configuration.
Compared to its more established GolfR sibling, the T-Roc R offers 30% more luggage capacity and superior all-surface driveability, thanks to nearly a third more ground clearance.
With Europe as its debut market, the pricing structure positions T-Roc R at a 6% premium to Golf R. With the current Golf R priced at R681 000 that would suggest T-Roc R could push the R700k barrier.
VW is expected to bring the T-Roc range to South Africa in 2020, although the viability of T-Roc R as part of that product offering is still being evaluated.