Performance derivatives of well-selling cars are good business these days. Both BMW and Mercedes-AMG will soon together sell over 200 000 M and AMG cars respectively per annum. And Volkswagen will not be left behind that train, especially when it comes to its coveted GTI and R brands. We have already seen the upcoming Tiguan R in testing a few times, and now it’s the turn of the T-Roc R to show itself again.

As you can see, the Vrrrrrrr pha! of T-Rocs is hiding nothing from our spies this time around. Yes it is based on the T-Roc itself (currently not being considered for Mzansi), but has gone to the gym. A more aggressive front end, wider wheel arches housing wider wheels and tyres, as well as four exhaust tailpipes. Interestingly VW has gone for both the fake pipes look, as well as installing real ones beneath. Let’s see if they stick to this principle with the final production model.


As far as the powertrain is concerned, speculation is that the T-Roc R will use the same engine found in the Golf R, that is to say, a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder TSI turbo. Maximum power is expected to tip over the 200kW mark, while the gearbox will be a 7-speed DSG as standard. Indeed 4Motion all-wheel-drive (AWD) will be part of the package too, in order to give the car a sub 6-second 0 – 100km/h sprint time.

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