Following close behind the debut of the Volkswagen T-Roc SUV is its hotter, higher-performance variant the T-Roc R, which has been spotted testing at Volkswagen’s test facility at the Nurburgring. Being an MQB platform-based SUV which ranks it among the likes of the Tiguan, Atlas and Teramont, its versatility means it gains access to potent powertrains such as that of the Golf R.

Configured thus, the T-Roc R can be expected to receive the hot hatch’s 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine pushing out 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque, as well as the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Subtlety is the order of the day where exterior is concerned, following the Golf R’s footsteps in relatively small visual changes in the transformation to range-topping R status. A set of oval quad exhaust tips is clearly visible, and the car also sports larger brakes hiding behind the standard car’s 19-inch alloys.

Expect the production model to come with more aggressive front and rear bumpers, plus unique wheel designs. No images of the interior are available just yet, though more supportive seats and R-specific interior trim can be expected too. The Volkswagen T-Roc R is expected to make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year.