Is Volkswagen Testing a T-Roc R?

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Spy photographers have caught a Volkswagen T-Roc prototype testing in Europe.

At first glance, the T-Roc looks like the standard model, but it’s missing its fog lights and has a different exhaust setup in the rear. The quad-exhaust setup suggests this is a hotter variant being tested, possibly a GTI or R variant. There is also a 4Motion badge on the rear hatch, indicating that it’s an all-wheel-drive model.

This isn’t the first time spy photographers have caught a hotter T-Roc already being tested. In September 2017, photos of another T-Roc with the same quad-exhaust setup and 4Motion badge surfaced, leading to rumors that the T-Roc R is in the works.

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Since the compact crossover is based on the Volkswagen Golf, the German automaker can easily use different engines under the hood. That means power output ranging from 220 horsepower to 306 hp is a possibility, depending on if its a GTI or an R.

The big question remains whether Volkswagen will eventually decide to bring the T-Roc to North America. The compact crossover segment is growing, and a high-performance model would appeal to North American consumers.

Discuss this story on our Volkswagen T-Roc Forum

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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