The third-generation Volkswagen Scirocco, despite not being the gangbusters seller that the German marque might have been hoping it would be, is a still quite a successful car since its debut in 2008.
Now, though, Volkswagen’s final edition of the iconic Scirocco will be going on sale locally from November 14th. Called the R Wolfsburg edition, it’s only of only 150 units will be produced in this distinctive trim, with exterior finishes available a choice of either Oryx White Pearl Effect or Rising Blue Metallic.
The Scirocco R Wolfsburg will come paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG transmission. And while the manual is less expensive, it will be more desirable as only 30 units of those will be made.
To set apart this final edition model, Volkswagen have fitted it with black 19-inch Lugano alloys, black wing mirror housings, motorsport bucket front seats, premium multi-function colour display, and of course, limited edition numbered plaque and Wolfsburg badging.
It had a minor mechanical and visual update in 2014, which to be honest, it didn’t really need as its styling was already quite ahead of the curve upon release. Still, it was welcome. Mainstream variants featured a powertrain and suspension package lifted straight from the Golf GTI but were edged out in favour of a less expensive 1.4-litre TSI version in many markets.
A highlight was the Scirocco R. A hot version with over 195kW that, obviously, is a sportier interpretation of the Golf R with the same engine, similar underpinnings, and 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Oddly, despite wearing the R moniker, the final edition Wolfsburg model produces less power from its 2.0-litre turbocharged EA888 four-cylinder motor. That being said, 188kW and 330Nm does mean it’s far from a slow car.
“It’s fitting that we see off the Scirocco in such spectacular fashion,” Volkswagen Group Managing Director Michael Bartsch said. “This limited edition is one to keep enthusiasts happy at track days or on winding, weekend drives for many years to come.”
“Our hot hatches, from Polo GTI through to Golf R, are outselling rivals by comfortable margins,” Mr Bartsch said. “Volkswagen will continue to present new performance models and Wolfsburg editions through 2017.”
- Volkswagen Scirocco R Wolfsburg (Manual) - $49,490
- Volkswagen Scirocco R Wolfsburg (DSG Automatic) - $51,990
- Panoramic Glass Sunroof - $1,750
As of now, there’s no indication that VW is readying an all-new replacement model to follow up this third-generation. That’s a shame.