This is the latest performance oriented vehicle to be released by Volkswagen, the Scirocco R. While many knew that VW would sooner or later release an R version of the Scirocco, many thought it would be released with an updated version of the 3.2l VR6 engine from previous Golf R32 models. But the latest offering comes with a smaller yet more powerful 2.0l, turbocharged, 4 cylinder engine with an output of 261 bhp/265 PS and 258 lb ft of torque.
The choice of the new engine was made in an effort to reduce fuel consumption as well as CO2 emmisions. The engine is a modified version of the Golf GTI's engine and includes; new cylinder heads, direct fuel injection, new fuel injectors, new pistons, new connecting rods, as well as increased boost from the turbocharger complimented with a new intercooler.
A six speed manual transmission is available, while VW's DSG double-clutch gearbox is available as an optional extra. But the other surprise is that this R vehicle isn't all-wheel drive as we were expecting, but rather front-wheel drive. Keeping drive to only two wheels has helped keep weight low than if they were to include all-wheel drive. The new Scirocco also comes with the latest version of the Golf GTI's electronic differential.
Other important numbers include a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 6.4 seconds, while Co2 emmisions is at 192 g/km, and the combined fuel economy figure is at 34.4 mpg.
The new R hit the streets in the fall.