Pictured in Germany wearing minimal black-and-white masking on the front bumper, around the grille and the rear, the SQ2, according to the publication, will share the T-Roc R's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, but detuned to produce 221 kW instead of 228 kW. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive will be standard.
Expect the SQ2 however to feature a S specific interior and a sizeable price hike relative to the current flagship Q2, which in the UK could mean a starting price of around £35 000 (R637 273).
Speaking at the UK launch of the new Polo GTI last week, Volkswagen Head for Chassis Development, Karsten Schebsdat, stated that the T-Roc R will be the most agile in its class, adding that "If there will be a T-Roc R, it will definitely be even more fun".
Despite having been spotted on a number of occasions lapping the Nürburgring, little other details are known about the T-Roc R with Volkswagen so far remaining mum as to when it will go on sale.
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