Hot Volkswagen T-Roc R spotted on the road again

The Volkswagen T-Roc R has once again been spied testing before its official unveiling.

After Brand CEO Herbert Diess confirmed to Auto Express in early 2017 that a high performance R version of the T-Roc would eventually top the range of its compact SUV, our spy photographers have caught another glimpse of a prototype on German roads.

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While at first glance there doesn’t appear to be much that sets this R apart from more basic T-Roc models, the test mule appears to be riding closer to the ground on larger alloy wheels. Four tailpipes - a signature of the Golf R - poke out from beneath the rear bumper. Expect the production model to feature a more aggressive - yet still subtle - body kit.

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Speaking at the annual ‘GTI Treffen’ VW meet at Lake Worthersee in Austria in May 2017, Diess told Auto Express that while the GTI brand will be reserved for performance-oriented hot hatchbacks, the R brand has more potential.

“We have a second sub brand which is R. With R we are considering. GTI has something to do with the hatch and this size of car - we shouldn’t expand this brand.

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“For high-performance SUVs there is definitely customer demand. There are some premium cars there already that are quite successful. I agree that it is a good fit for the brand.”

We’ve already seen that the Cupra Ateca - the first dedicated spin-off from SEAT’s new performance brand - is on the way, so a VW T-Roc R using the same platform and powertrain would be a likely candidate to arrive first.

Expect power to come from the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine used by both the Cupra Ateca and the Golf R. In the Golf it makes 306bhp, 400nm and is transferred to the road through all four wheels, so it’s very likely that the T-Roc are will offer a very similar setup - possibly in a slightly detuned state so that it doesn’t tread too firmly on the Golf’s toes.

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