The slick way to make a performance car used to involve stuffing a big car’s engine into a small car. Times have changed so much that now one sticks a hot hatch’s engine into an SUV. That’s how Volkswagen (VW) created the T-Roc R, a hot crossover SUV stuffed with the Golf R’s thunderous little powertrain. The T-Roc R, which will make its debut at next week’s Geneva motor show, will boast 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque — the same outputs of the Golf R. Critically, VW claims it will slip beneath the five-second barrier to 100km/h, ripping through in 4.9 seconds. That’s fast enough to make the high-rise R just 0.3 seconds slower to 100km/h than the low-rise one, and both models are limited to 250km/h. It’s also fast enough to belittle even the fiery little Golf GTi TCR, the 213kW front-drive brute that is 0.7 seconds slower than the T-Roc R to 100km/h. Slated for overseas launch in the third quarter of 2019, the T-Roc R will share almost everything underneath with the Golf R, inclu...

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