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.
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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