New Volkswagen T-Roc R packs 296bhp for 2019

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T-Roc R sits 20mm decrease than normal and makes use of Golf R components
On sale in autumn, efficiency crossover carefully follows segment-leading Golf R scorching hatchback

The brand new Volkswagen T-Roc R – unveiled forward of the Geneva motor present – appears set to grow to be one of many main gamers within the burgeoning efficiency crossover market when it goes on sale within the autumn. 

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

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. 

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 velocity. 

Regardless of a detailed relationship with the Cupra – and the Audi SQ2 – settings are distinctive for every automotive. Though it sits larger 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 normal however VW’s DCC system can be an possibility. 

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

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Different visible adjustments 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 anticipate the T-Roc R to start out 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 clients in numerous nations – we all know they need to see vehicles round 300hp. Folks say why not go larger, however we have to hit a sure value, a candy spot: we promote greater than 20,000 Golf Rs a yr.” 

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 far 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 totally different positioning from simply having a Golf R. There can be a wider unfold. For the long run, the Golf and T-Roc is not going to be the one ones, that’s for certain.” 

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