296bhp Volkswagen T-Roc R makes first UK look at Goodwood

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On sale in autumn, efficiency crossover intently follows segment-leading Golf R sizzling hatchback

The brand new Volkswagen T-Roc has made its UK debut on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity, earlier than happening sale within the autumn.

First revealed on the Geneva motor present in March, the T-Roc R appears to be like set to develop into one of many main gamers within the burgeoning efficiency crossover market when it launches.

The T-Roc R is as intently associated to the Golf R as lesser variations are to the common Golf, sharing the identical powertrain and base suspension elements. 

Which means it has the VW Group’s EA888 2.Zero-litre turbocharged petrol engine – now fitted with a particulate filter and in 296bhp tune – part-time Haldex-based all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. 

All of the information from the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity

Volkswagen claims a four.9sec Zero-62mph time – Zero.3sec slower than the Golf R however Zero.3sec faster than the Cupra Ateca – and a ruled 155mph prime pace. 

Regardless of a detailed relationship with the Cupra – and the Audi SQ2 – settings are distinctive for every automobile. Though it sits increased than the Golf, the T-Roc R is 20mm nearer to the bottom than the usual T-Roc because of decrease suspension and firmer settings. Passive dampers can be commonplace however VW’s DCC system can be an possibility. 

The T-Roc R will get 18in wheels as commonplace, with 19s as an improve possibility. All variations can have the beefy 17in brakes from the Golf R Efficiency. A quad tailpipe exhaust sits beneath the rear bumper and there would be the possibility of an Akrapovic system. 

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Different visible modifications embrace beefier bumpers, an anodised end for the radiator grille, matt chrome mirror caps and R badges. The cabin will get some carbonfibre trim and a sportier steering wheel, plus the choice of the Golf R’s sport seats. Pricing is unconfirmed, however count on the T-Roc R to begin at round £35,000.

Q&A with Jost Capito, R division boss

What are the basics of the R model? 

“It’s all-wheel drive, it’s sporty and – after discussions with prospects in loads of nations – we all know they need to see vehicles round 300 horsepower. Folks say why not go increased, however we have to hit a sure worth, a candy spot: we promote greater than 20,000 Golf Rs a 12 months.” 

How do you cease confusion with GTI fashions? 

“Firstly, they’ve two-wheel drive, but in addition they’re extra excessive. The R fashions should be much less racy, however with the identical functionality or much more. They at all times have extra horsepower however are extra about on a regular basis utilization. A TCR or Clubsport is way more aggressive. The GTI is in Up, Polo and Golf – and we’re saying that R is beginning with Golf.” 

So will there be a number of different R fashions? 

“The duty I’ve been given is to make R to Volkswagen what M is for BMW. Which means completely different positioning from simply having a Golf R. There can be a wider unfold. For the longer term, the Golf and T-Roc is not going to be the one ones, that’s for certain.” 

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