The sporty Scirocco – for decades one of the world’s most desirable sports coupes – has finally joined the Volkswagen Group Australia lineup.
And it’s not just any Scirocco. Australian customers have scored the up-scale Scirocco R variant, available in two versions - $47,490 (six-speed manual) and $49,990 (six-speed DSG). Satellite navigation will set you back an extra $2,500 while a further $1,800 will secure a panoramic glass roof.
Golf-based but you wouldn’t know it because the Volkswagen Scirocco R’s styling is spectacular. The three-door coupe looks brilliant with sporty 19-inch alloy wheels, a sharp front end highlighted by a narrow balck-coloured grille, Bi-Xenon headlights and LEDs, dynamic curves for the rear three-quarters and a rear-end highlighted by a roof spoiler and sporty black diffuser.
Inside the sporty dynamic continues with nice grey tonbes, R-model sports seats and steering wheel, aluminium pedals, white back-lit instruments and lots of ‘R’ logos.
Power comes the same turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI engine familiar in the Golf R. Maximum power is 188kW at 6000rpm and peak torque of 330Nm is available from 2500rpm. Volkswagen says fuel consumption (combined cycle) is as low as 8.1l/100kms.
Despite tipping the scales at 1351kgs, around 125kgs lighter than the Golf R, the Scirocco covers the zero t0 100km/h sprint a tad slower than the five-door Golf at 6.0-seconds for the DSG version or 6.2-seconds for the six-speed manual.
The chassis is the usual Volkswagen combo of MacPherson strut front end and four-link rear and the Scirocco R also runs Volkswagen’s Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL) which applies braking force to an unloaded front wheel during cornering in order to reduce understeer. Adaptive chassis control is standard.