- The souped-up T-Roc R brings 296 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 4.9-second 0-62-mph time to the performance compact crossover market.
- The T-Roc and variants won't be sold in America, where a hot crossover could actually sell remarkably well, ironically.
- The T-Roc R debuts before the standard T-Roc subcompact crossover in Geneva in March.
The crossover that sits before you is the T-Roc R, the performance version of the not-for-America Golf-based T-Roc subcompact crossover. You could call it a hot crossover, instead of a hot hatch, but that doesn't quite roll off the torque. But that's
The R division created a faster, better-performing version just in time for it to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Under the hood is a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque... directly from the Golf R hot hatch. The mated transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch automatic that drives all four wheels. VW pulled the suspension and the brakes from the R, as well, so there's some serious sharing between sibs.
The T-Roc R is definitely more powerful than the stock T-Roc by 110 horses and 59 lb-ft, giving it the ability to launch to 60 mph from a standstill in under 5 seconds. That's pretty quick, considering that the Porsche Macan will do it in 5.1 seconds (and it has 44 more horses). The T-Roc R's top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. It should manage the Autobahn just fine.
For enhanced handling, the crossover gets lowered 20mm, and there are adaptive dampers, as well as VW's optional DCC adaptive damping for even better cornering. The T-Roc R has also been additionally tweaked thanks to assistance from World Rally Championship driver Petter Solberg and VW works racer Benjamin Leuchter.
In terms of additional changes, the T-Roc R gets upgraded front and rear
Inside, there are special touches that include R badging that matches the exterior, contrast seat stitching, ambient lighting throughout, and special stainless steel pedals. The cabin also gets model-specific R seats with grippy inserts and Alcantara suede. Instrumentation allows for navigation and other vital infotainment functions viewable through the center gauges just like Audi's. The interior also has all the R logos, cross-stitching, ambient lighting and stainless steel pedals you'd expect from the brand.
The T-Roc and T-Roc R are great new additions to the brand's lineup, but we just can't wrap our heads around why they won't bring it here. The Tiguan has now grown into a three-row, so it would only make sense for VW to bring the T-Roc to our shores where it would sell quite well. The brand says they will have a near-production version of the T-Roc R in Geneva, and it will go on sale later this year. Just not here.