“Fun in the times of Corona”… car manufacture Volkswagen has an optimistic outlook for the future of their vehicles, if the new T ROC R is anything to go by.
An SUV built to have similar athletic abilities as the Golf R, certainly does match its vertically challenged big brother and is possibly bolder. This good looking new addition, Volkswagen SUV line up stands taller than the Golf R and it’s 75kg heavier. The bumpers are equally as aggressive but deeper, bigger air intakes, LED daytime running lights, slightly more pronounced sideskirts with black wheel arch extensions. You won’t miss the R badging as it is found on every side of the vehicle, but it’s not the only thing that spells out its racing ability. There is also an exclusive R line rear spoiler, sporty bumpers, 19 inch Pretoria alloys and quad tailpipes. I predict it will be in good taste from the suburbs to eMakasana.
The T ROC indeed has a “robust SUV feel” on the outside and on the interior. From the R steering with flat bottom, 20cm colour touch screen, “we connect go”, composition media, wireless charger, R sports seats (part cloth and Alcantara) to the ambient lighting. The rear seats also boast of sportiness and provide enough legroom, that’s because the cabin is bigger and higher. Most families will embrace this SUV as an additional member, and the streets will envy you for your credibility. I can’t shake the observation though, that the T ROC feels less luxurious than the Golf R on the inside, but who cares because the exterior and performance compensates more than the minor flaws that might have been incurred.
You can’t go wrong with the “2 litre TSI, turbocharged, 7 speed dual clutch DSG engine with stability control based on the VW 4 motion system” recipe. When you cook all of this together, you get 221kilowatts of power, 400nm of torque and a 0-100km/h dash in 4.8 seconds(similar to Jaguar I pace) . The aluminium chassis, stiffer springs and dampers (upgraded sports suspension) and the fact that it’s 20mm lower than the normal car spices up the performance to give it raw sportiness on demand. The Volkswagen T ROC R feels every bit like the Golf R on the road, it grips, it’s responsive on the throttle, it’s fun and precise but with a bit of lean because of its height.
T- ROC achieved a 5 star rating in EURONCAP crash test for high levels of safety, they also incorporate stability control, park distance control, blind spot monitor and fatigue detection standard on their vehicles. Furthermore, the R-line offers semi-autonomous driving features, that allow automatic maintaining of safe following distance, staying within lane and application of emergency braking when necessary.
Taking in to consideration the R681 000 price tag of the Golf R, the T ROC R is sure to push the bar higher, to the regions of R700 000 plus and a 3 year 120 000km warranty and 5 year 90 000km Volkswagen service plan will be thrown in the mix. It’s the one to be coveted, with its enhanced levels of practicality, style and execution.
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