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Hot Volkswagen T-Roc on the way?

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 7:02 am
by Rob
Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess has revealed that Volkswagen is working on a range of hot SUVs that will wear the R badge as the German brand looks to expand its high-performance R product lineup. A VW T-ROC R would be likely to arrive first.


Speaking at the annual ‘GTI Treffen’ VW meet at Lake Worthersee in Austria, Diess told Auto Express that while the GTI brand will be reserved for performance-oriented hot hatchbacks, the R brand has more potential.

“We have a second sub brand which is R. With R we are considering. GTI has something to do with the hatch and this size of car - we shouldn’t expand this brand.

“For high-performance SUVs there is definitely customer demand. There are some premium cars there already that are quite successful. I agree that it is a good fit for the brand.”

It's likely the 2.0 litre unit from the Golf R would make a good fit.

His comments support those made earlier this year by the firm’s head of development, Frank Welsch, who said a hot model had been talked about from the beggining of the T-Roc's development.

"I could imagine more powerful engines and it has been prepared for the eventuality," Welsch said. "I wouldn’t call it a GTI - an SUV isn’t a fitting car for that badge, perhaps - but I could imagine it as an R.

Re: Hot Volkswagen T-Roc on the way?

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:37 pm
by VolkswagenOwner
Now this could be interesting, fingers crossed for some excellent lease deals like they did with the Golf R and I would be all over this!

Re: Hot Volkswagen T-Roc on the way?

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:57 pm
by TRocFan
Nissan has toyed with limited-run GT-R-engined versions of its Juke SUV, and launched Nismo models, but VW’s decision to launch an R version of the T-Roc would signify a stepping up in the mainstream performance SUV stake