Volkswagen had brought the sporty R-Line version of its T-Roc crossover to the Frankfurt motor show last week. While that was more of an appearance package with no real upgrades to performance, the German carmaker is working on a real high performance variant of the T-Roc. This week, our spy photographer in Germany has spotted a prototype that looks like a real R model, undergoing testing at the Nurburgring.

Shot from the back reveal quad exhaust tips while a seemingly lowered suspension, while slightly more flared fenders and a revised front bumper all point to this being a T-Roc R. We expect the top variant to be powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder from the Golf R, mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The block makes 310bhp in the hot hatch, but we are not sure if that output figure will remain the same in the crossover. Even if it doesn’t, we are sure it will have numbers good enough to make it a credible rival to fast crossovers such as the Mini Countryman JCW. Expect 4Motion AWD to be standard.