• May 1st 2008 at 10:27AM
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Volkswagen is pumping up the badass for the racing version of its new Scirocco sport-hatch. As we reported a couple of weeks ago, VW will be campaigning a race-prepped version of its latest release at the Nurburgring 24 hour race in the 2-liter turbo category in which a GTI took victory last year. The Scirocco racer will use the same 300-hp TFSI mated to Volkswagen's paddle-shifted DSG, a set-up which, in preliminary testing, Hans-Joachim Stuck called "one of the most uncomplicated racing cars" he's ever piloted. (We'll take that as a good thing.) Stuck, a two-time Le Mans champion, will be among the drivers campaigning the pack of three Sciroccos at the race, alongside double world rally champ Carlos Sainz, VW board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, three of the four driver's from last year's winning GTI team and a couple of automotive journalists (once again, nobody asked us).

[Source: Volkswagen]



The new Volkswagen Scirocco will later this month face the toughest track test in the world, even before it has gone on sale – an assault on the legendary Nürburgring 24 Hours. Three factory developed racing versions of the new coupe, each powered by a 2-litre TFSI petrol engine developing 300 PS, will be in action on Germany's daunting 25 km 'Nordschleife' in the 24/25 May event.

The Scirocco, which is not due to start its production life until the autumn, has already passed its first endurance test, at the Oschersleben motorsport arena, with flying colours. Among the car's many features is a direct-shift transmission system utilising Volkswagen's DSG technology.

Double Le Mans winner Hans Stuck was at the wheel and is relishing his chance to race the Scirocco: 'I felt immediately comfortable in the car,' he said. 'The Scirocco is one of the most uncomplicated racing cars I have ever driven. It's really fun, and I am looking forward to the 24 Hours on the Nordschleife with even greater anticipation.'

Other legends on the driving strength include double World Rally Champion – and victor for Volkswagen of the recent Central Europe Rally – Carlos Sainz, as well as Sainz's Race Touareg team-mates Giniel de Villiers and Dieter Depping. The Volkswagen board member for technical development, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, will drive also.

The Scirocco has a tough act to follow: last year a Golf GTI clinched its class and finished eighth overall at the Nürburgring.

'The racing version of the Scirocco was developed and prepared by our technical staff in record time,' said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen, 'and we are well on schedule now that we have successfully completed this first endurance test. The Nürburgring 24 Hours is the ideal platform to showcase the performance capabilities of this exciting coupe.'

The Nürburgring 24 Hours has established itself as the world's toughest car race since its launch in 1970. A grid of 220 cars is allowed to take the start, with more than 700 drivers scheduled to compete in front of in excess of 200,000 trackside spectators. German TV is planning 12 hours of live coverage of the event.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Really, like Americans need this? Just tune a GTI.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The more choices we have, the better. Though the US market doesn't like hatchbacks.

        Send it up here to Canada though. We have a strong dollar!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nobody asked you because you guy's misplace so many apostrophe's. It dent's your credibility as journalist's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally a look at a scirocco in a darker color. Veeeerrry nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh damn, the racing version looks damn hot!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I preferred the IROC concept they had a while back. Regardless, I think a lot of aftermarket parts would be available for this car, and even some VW parts to make it look a tad bit more aggressive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't care until they offer the new Scirocco in the US market. (They've stated they won't (for now), blaming the dollar.)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or possibly they would use a new US factory they were talking about and just build it here... Then again, I don't know how much would have to be imported to assemble and if that would still kill it based on the value of the dollar.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The last time that happened it didnt go so well. Pennsylvania made Rabbits were not equal to their German counterparts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ JBonze84

      what kind of grass do you smoke to see a Silvia S15 exactly looking like a Scrirroco?

        • 7 Years Ago
        Having googled the S15 Sylvia, TO ME the front clip on both do look similar when viewed head on . How about you let him see what he sees and not get 4th grade on him just because you two see things differently?
        • 7 Years Ago
        ops Scirocco
      • 7 Years Ago
      We all need this!

      I thought it was a race version of the STi - for just a sec. (must have been the color).
      It will be nice to have a choice between the STi and the new Alfa here in the USA. This fast little breeze would be a worthy addition to that list.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet looking car.
      • 7 Years Ago

      1. Keep 3-5 Door GTI. Tune to 230HP
      2. Kill R32.
      3. Replace with Scirocco with 300hp TFSI, AWD.
      4. ?????
      5. Profit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Better idea:

        1) Keep the Wabbit as a Wabbit, nothing more: drop the GTI and R32. I'm sure the GTI and R32 are fine cars, but they're still Wabbits (at least they're not Jettas, though). They all seem completely indistinguishable from each other.

        2) Bring several sporty VW 'roccs to the states. Also a convertible.

        3) Redesign the Beetle, already. Make stylings similar to the Audi TT.

        4) Phase out the Jetta ASAP.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What do you expect? they gradually update the beetle. The last two designs lasted 50 years. How far can you get from the Beetles squat, rounded looks before its not a Bug anymore?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Scirocco Base 230hp 2.0tfsi $23,xxx
        Scirocco R36 300hp AWD! $29,999

        YES PLEASE.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are they sending all 300hp to the front wheels, or AWD?
        • 7 Years Ago
        300hp FWD... which is no real problem with a proper FWD setup race car using slicks
      • 7 Years Ago
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