It comes to Geneva with more than a hundred horses over the standard crossover

Gone are the days when performance cars used to be a different segment altogether. Even hatches and pseudo-SUVs these days offer enough horses to stop you dead in your tracks. The latest addition to the list is Volkswagen’s baby SUV. The German automaker has injected the T-Roc with steroids and named it T-Roc R. The T-Roc R was launched at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it comes riding on 296 horses!

Let’s Get To The Most Important Stuff First

The New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc
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The Volkswagen T-Roc R comes with the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TSI engine that is found in the SUV’s regular variant, albeit with different output figures. The T-Roc R produces 296 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The T-Roc R's top speed is electronically governed to 155 miles per hour and the crossover takes just 4.9 seconds to sprint to 62 mph from a standstill.

The T-Roc R benefits from a lowered suspension and comes with 17-inch braking system borrowed from the Golf R Performance package; after all, you need a strong leash to control this fast little SUV. Apart from this, Volkswagen has plonked a launch control feature, a switch to turn off the ESC, and a new ’Race’ driving mode.

This Is What The T-Roc Should Have Looked In The First Place

The New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc
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Volkswagen has made sure the T-Roc R looks its part when it rips the roads. It has many styling cues that differentiates it from the standard T-Roc. Adding to its beast-mode looks are air intakes in the front and quad exhaust tips for the Akrapovic titanium exhaust system on the derriere.

The T-Roc R wears a new body kit that is offered with a unique radiator grille polished in anodized aluminum and slightly more pronounced bumpers and wheel arches.

Volkswagen has added equal bits of chrome and piano black accents all around the body. It rides on exclusive 18-inch Spielberg alloys, and can be availed with 19-inch rollers as well. What adds to the overall character of the T-Roc R is the rear spoiler and the option to paint the roof black. In my opinion, the T-Roc R must be offered with the sexy black roof as standard.

Changes On The Inside Are Few

The New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc
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On the inside, the T-Roc R is offered with special ’R’ elements, such as a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, paddle shifters, a black headliner, stainless steel pedals. and white ambient lighting.

As for the seats, we expected it to get a new pair of sporty seats, but Volkswagen has instead used ArtVelours microfiber seat cushion bolsters on the existing seats.

There is modified foam inserts beneath the plastic elements around the cabin. Customers looking to make it more luxurious can opt for Nappa leather package and carbon inserts. From the looks of it, the T-Roc comes with the same 11.7-inch instrument cluster and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Our Take

The New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc
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When compared to the standard T-Roc that produces 187 ponies and 236 pound-feet of torque, the T-Roc R feels more than just a sporty spec of the same car. The display vehicle at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is a ’near-production concept car’. However, we do not expect Volkswagen to make a lot of changes to it as the stuff displayed does not look ’concept’ from any angle. These are the bits that can easily be integrated into the production version. Although the T-Roc R is better than the standard T-Roc in a lot of ways, it all boils down to the pricing, which isn’t revealed yet. The T-Roc, as it is, is slightly overpriced. But the fact that company has already sold over 200,000 copies instills faith that the T-Roc R will also be a hit. What are your thoughts on the new T-Roc R? Share them with us in the comments section below.

2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R drivetrain specifications

Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI
Horsepower 296 HP
Torque 295 LB-FT
Drivetrain 4MOTION all-wheel drive
Transmission 7-gear DSG dual-clutch
0 to 100km/h 4.9 seconds
Top speed 250 km/h

Further reading

2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R Production Concept Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R Production Concept.

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc.

2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R.

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