Does This VW T-Roc R Rendering Look Hot Enough?

The T-Roc R is like the new iPhone, in that we keep getting reminded that it's happening. So, in case you're wondering what a small Volkswagen crossover with lots of power looks like, this is it. End of story!
Does This T-Roc R Rendering Look Hot Enough? 1 photo
Photo: X-Tomi Design
We've already shown you the T-Roc GTI rendering a couple of days ago. Now the T-Roc R comes along, thanks to X-Tomi. Apparently borrowing plenty of elements from the Golf, it sports the familiar 10-spoke 20-inch wheels, an enhanced front fascia with blacked out aero components and lowered stance.

Honestly, we're surprised that this car is being considered since the only other R model made by Volkswagen is the Golf. Enthusiasts would much rather have a Polo or Passat R, but that's not on the agenda.

Crossovers are big business right now, and Vdub wants three of them in hot configurations. We just caught glimpses of a Tiguan R with the 2.5 TFSI from an RS3, and there's talk of a performance Touareg.

But it's not like small 4x4s with powerful engines are unprecedented. There's the MINI Countryman JCW and the Juke Nismo. Audi is also reportedly bringing the SQ2 project to Frankfurt next month.

As we discussed earlier, The T-Roc R would need to at least match the 230 horsepower of a Golf GTI. And it can do that while putting its power more efficiently (4Motion AWD). 300 HP seems like a much better choice, particularly if MINI upgrades its Countryman JCW. Will people cut the German some slack because it's slightly smaller? Probably not, especially if it costs the same kind of money.

While there's little doubt it will sell by the thousands, we think it's still not the sort of headline-grabber the company needs. VW’s chairman Herbert Diess may have ordered the building of a T-Roc working prototype, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will be approved.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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