With the vanilla variants still out of the picture, what are the odds?
German marque Volkswagen has finally let some air out of the T-Roc R bag, this week releasing a video depicting the hot crossover at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where it’s spent a lot of its development time. We’ve seen this car multiple times ourselves, such was the test schedule for the T-Roc R ahead of its debut.
It’ll be the first proper R-badged crossover, but it won’t differ from other Volkswagen R cars. There’ll be a subtle bodykit, some monstrous alloys, and four exhaust pipes. There should also be big brakes, but that’s the sort of thing that most won’t see at first, second, or fourth glance.
The T-Roc R has spent so long in gestation that even its engine is an (almost) known quantity. Because it shares a lot of its mechanicals with its posher Audi SQ2 sibling, it’ll also share an engine. The 2.0-litre turbo-4 should put out about 220kW and 400Nm, with power sent to all-four wheels via a 7-speed DCT and a 4Motion AWD system.
Volkswagen didn’t say when we can see the T-Roc R in the flesh, but judging by the timing of this teaser, we’re going to assume that it’ll be present & correct at the Geneva Motor Show.
What we’re not so sure about is whether or not we’ll see the T-Roc R locally. Despite being initially slated for a mid-2018 local debut, the T-Roc was very quickly taken off the table for Australia owing to overwhelming demand in Europe. Things might be different for the T-Roc R though, as Australia is the 3rd-strongest R market for VW globally. But VW Australia won’t commit to anything, though we trust they’re lobbying Wolfsburg, and lobbying hard.