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Old 03-12-2019, 06:52 AM   #1
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Default VW insiders shed light on the next chapter of the AWD super-Golf

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/gen...kswagen-golf-r


One of Volkswagen’s big news stories from the Geneva motor show is the T-Roc R, a small SUV with the same 296bhp, all-wheel-drive mechanicals as a Golf R.

“I believe this car drives better than the Golf R,” VW’s R division boss, Jost Capito, bullishly tells us. Well of course he would; it’s the newer car. But it still surprised us that he’s so certain of it when you’d naturally expect a heavier, taller car to suffer compromise.

“Of course there’s a higher centre of gravity, but I would say that’s the only difference. The rest of the chassis setup you can do exactly the same.

“We changed the stiffness of the front of the car, we changed all the engine mounts and gearbox mounts, we made them all stiffer… it feels more direct. We had the basis with the Golf R but we modified everything.”

All those tweaks are learnings from Golf R, Capito tells us; things that would have been applied to a new Golf R too, had that arrived before the T-Roc R. So does it all mean we can expect the R treatment on much more stuff? More SUVs, perhaps?

“I think it’s going to be much wider in the line-up,” he says. But still no Polo. “With R you have four-wheel drive, and you don’t have four-wheel drive in the Polo platform. I also think the effort and the money you put in works from the Golf size of car upwards.”

And what of the Golf R400 concept, which has still yet to make production? “We did research and customers don’t want it. They want around 300 horsepower and a price tag below €50,000. To move up to 400 horsepower you lose 50 per cent of the sales volume and increase the cost of ownership.”
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I've seen the T-Roc being tested out here, looks pretty cool.
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:33 AM   #3
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I've seen the T-Roc being tested out here, looks pretty cool.
Really? Gas or EV? I'd have strongly considered a T-Roc R over the Golf R. I was kind of wondering if they were saving the design of the T-Roc for an EV model in the US - sort of how the only way to get an A3 hatch is to buy an EV.
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