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Volkswagen T-Roc R confirmed: hot SUV on Australia's wish list

Volkswagen has officially teased its R-stamped T-Roc at the Nurburgring
Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist
CarsGuide

5 Feb 2019 • 2 min read

Volkswagen has officially confirmed its rumoured R-badged T-Roc is coming, releasing teaser footage of its go-fast SUV at the infamous Nurburgring.

The car is fully camouflaged for now, but the tricky wrapping can't completely disguise it's bulging arches, the quad exhaust tips poking out from beneath its shapely rump, and the 19-inch R design alloys.

We don't know much else, at least officially, at this point, other than the T-Roc R is expected to share its engine, and its all-wheel-drive set-up, with fire-breathing Golf R. Which should mean a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit producing a very healthy 213kW and 380Nm.

In Golf guise, those numbers translate to a sprint to 100km/h in a flat five seconds, and if the T-Roc R was to get close to those numbers, we are tipping it will be a rather fun SUV.

The T-Roc isn't yet offered in Australia, but VW would surely be working on that, given the immense popularity of high-riders in this country. And the brand has high hopes for an R-badged halo model, too.

"We don't have any local details yet," says VW Australia spokesperson, Kurt McGuiness. "Obviously we'd like it, as Australia is one of the biggest R markets in the world. But it's too soon to talk arrival dates or engine specifics."

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