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The Volkswagen T-Roc R is being developed to become the most agile offering in its class, with chassis development guru Karsten Schebsdat and pro racer Benny Leuchter on hand to ensure its competitiveness.

Speaking at the launch of the new Volkswagen Polo GTI, Schebsdat, who has lead the development of models such as the Golf GTI Clubsport S and previously headed up chassis development at Porsche, said that the T-Roc is already well suited to a performance application and so would be an effective R model.

"The standard T-Roc with the 4Motion [all-wheel drive] and the DCC chassis with 19in wheels I think is the most agile SUV in that class," he explained. " If there will be a T-Roc R, it will definitely be even more fun."

The model, a rival to group stablemate the Seat Ateca Cupra, will have 306bhp and has been spotted testing recently at the Nürburgring. Professional racing driver Benny Leuchter is being drafted in to provide input for the car's setup. He was a key contribution to the Clubsport S's final technical settings and was the man behind the wheel when it set an earlier Nürburgring front-wheel drive lap record.
 

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