The covers have come off the surprisingly alluring Volkswagen T-Roc R ahead of a public showing at the Geneva motor show.
In contrast to the hordes of derivative small SUVs entering the market, the T-Roc R puts some substance underneath the slightly elevated body.
Power comes from the brand’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque. The outputs are higher than the Golf R. Drive is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Volkswagen claims the T-Roc R can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
The T-Roc R also gets lowered suspension, a 17-inch brake system and 18-inch Spielberg alloy wheels.
Differentiating the R variant from regular versions of the T-Roc is a redesigned radiator grille, unique bumpers, new LED driving lights, matte chrome exterior mirror caps, four exhaust tips and a plethora of R badges.
Inside, equipment highlights include a leather sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, stainless steel pedals, stainless steel look sill panels and ambient lighting.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the standard T-Roc range is scheduled to arrive in Australia in 2020, it’s likely the R version will follow.
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