If approved, it will have more than 300 horsepower.

The recently spied T-Roc isn’t even out yet in standard guise, but Volkswagen has already admitted it’s toying around with the idea of giving its new crossover the full-on R treatment. The reveal was made by the company’s man in charge of development, Frank Welsch, while speaking with Autocar about what’s in tow for the Golf-based model set to ride on the flexible MQB platform like many other models from the VW Group.

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Interestingly, he said that while the GTI badge would not be compatible with the T-Roc, he can imagine a stronger version of the crossover with the R suffix. It all depends on whether the regular versions of the model will be a success and also if there is going to be enough demand for a T-Roc R to create a viable business case for the powered-up crossover.

If the model will eventually get the stamp of approval from VW’s execs, it would make perfect sense for the T-Roc R to feature the same engine as the recently facelifted Golf R. The hot hatch utilizes an uprated version of the 2.0-liter TSI developing 310 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 Newton-meters) of torque with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. The optional seven-speed, DSG bumps torque by 15 lb-ft (20 Nm) for a total of 295 lb-ft (400 Nm).

2018 VW T-Roc spy photo
2018 VW T-Roc spy photo

Taking into account a T-Roc R would be heavier than a Golf R, it means the all-wheel-drive crossover wouldn’t be able to match its performances. The beefy hatchback needs 5.1 seconds to run the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint with the manual, or only 4.6 seconds with the dual-clutch ‘box. As for top speed, the Golf R is electronically capped at 155 mph (250 kph), but the optional Performance Package coming this fall will throw away the limiter to unlock the Golf R’s full potential: 166 mph (267 kph). Bear in mind all of these numbers are applicable for the Euro-spec Golf R, as the North American model won’t be getting the bump in output implemented with the car’s mid-cycle refresh.

Looking at the performance figures, expect the T-Roc R to do the sprint a couple of extra ticks of a second. As for the top speed, it will likely decrease a little bit as well, not just because of the crossover’s extra weight, but also due to the less aerodynamic shape of its body.

The R might not be the only performance-oriented version of the T-Roc since VW could decide to do a GTE derivative as well with a plug-in hybrid powertrain as it’s the case with the Golf GTE. The chances of seeing a hot diesel-powered T-Roc GTD are likely slim considering the problems with TDIs nowadays.

Manufactured in Palmela, Portugal, the T-Roc is expected to premiere online in production specification in August, about a month before its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Sales should kick off shortly thereafter. It’s going to be followed before the year’s end by the all-new Touareg and in 2018 by a Polo-based subcompact crossover.

Source: Volkswagen via Autocar

VW T-ROC Concept 2014 Design Sketches