Will VW inject the compact crossover with horsepower and put it into production?
Did you like the look of the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show recently? But wish it had just a bit more power )and a warmed-over chassis) to back up its sporty looks? Well, rumour has it, you might be in luck. According to our spy sources, this blue T-Roc is an actual T-Roc R, complete with the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder from the Golf R. That glorious motor makes 310 horsepower, which would be quite a step up from the 188 hp currently available in a top-of-the-line T-Roc.
There’s not much else we know about this R model. Indeed, there are also rumours circulating that it might not even make it to production, that it's purely a Volkswagen engineering test-bed, although with Golf DNA already infused into the T-Roc and a sporty appearance package established, offering more power doesn’t seem like it would be a stretch. The R model would almost certainly send power to all four wheels, and there would likely be some suspension changes as well.
Appearance wise, we note just a few small changes on this model versus other T-Rocs we’ve seen. The most obvious difference is the quad oval exhaust tips, but we also see slight differences in the daytime running lamps.
Volkswagen is expecting big things from the T-Roc in the rapidly expanding compact crossover segment. It has already won praise for its attractive design and decent functionality, but in a market that’s quickly becoming saturated with competition from pretty much every carmaker on the planet, having a sizzling performance variant could help VW differentiate the T-Roc from the rest of the pack.
Go on, you know it makes sense, Volkswagen.