Volkswagen was busy as always at the Geneva Motor Show, unveiling a range of new models including a T-Roc R and a modern iteration of the dune buggy.
The Volkswagen T-Roc R and I.D. Buggy Concept are worlds apart in every possible way, but together they made the Volkswagen booth at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a must-see. Both were unveiled before the show officially opened and joined the new Touareg and Passat Variant R-Line as the main Volkswagen attractions.
The sad thing is, neither the T-Roc R nor the I.D. Buggy have any chance of coming this side of the pond any time soon. Well, the T-Roc maybe, but even Volkswagen did bring their small SUV to North America, would they dare bring the R version? We can only hope.
Volkswagen T-Roc R
Think Volkswagen Golf R with better ground clearance and you get a sense of what the T-Roc R is all about. The subcompact SUV gets a massive dose of power with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine sending 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive.
The Volkswagen T-Roc R gets all of the Golf R’s styling cues including a quad exhaust in the back, 19-inch wheels, and even the Lapiz blue paint job. A stiffer suspension and progressive steering make the T-Roc R as agile as a car and as dynamic as well. Floor the right pedal and you will reach 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds.
Read more about the Volkswagen T-Roc R.
Volkswagen I.D. Buggy
The Volkswagen I.D. Buggy is a modern, electrified take on the famous dune buggy. Like other I.D. concepts revealed recently, it takes a model that played a role in defining Volkswagen, adds a futuristic touch to the design, and puts an electric motor. We can’t see it making it to production, but it certainly serves to further define VW’s I.D. line.
These models will obviously want to preserve Volkswagen’s heritage as the German automaker pushes forward to electrify its lineup. The I.D. Buggy can be configured to seat either two or four passengers and has a open cockpit like the original model.
The original dune buggies were built using the Beetle as a starting point. The new model has a 62-kWh battery that provides 155 miles or 248 kilometers of range. Top speed is rated at 160 km/h and the 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes 7.2 seconds.
Check out our first article on the Volkswagen I.D. Buggy.