T-Roc R sits 20mm decrease than normal and makes use of Golf R componentsOn 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.
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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