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VW T-Roc R debuts hopped-up style ahead of Geneva

There's plenty of bite to match that bark, too.

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Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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Volkswagen this week unveiled the T-Roc R ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.     

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When it reaches production, it'll be the top trim of VW's diminutive crossover.    

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The rear bumper is aggressive, with a diffuser and air outlets.   

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Under its hood is a 2.0-liter I4 gas engine. It's tuned to create 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.    

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There's a new grille up front, along with a new bumper specific to the R model.    

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The shifter, mode knob, climate controls and infotainment system are all present in other VW vehicles such as the Golf, and not much changes here between R and non-R models.    

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That said, the R logo pops up on the steering wheel, and there's a special infotainment startup screen for the R, as well.     

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Its engine mates to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and standard all-wheel drive.     

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This combo is enough to shove the T-Roc R to 62 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds. Given enough pavement, it'll hit 155 mph.

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the new VW T-Roc R.

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