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Click above for high-res gallery of the VW Scirocco GT24

If you've ever lingered behind after a professional sports event, you've probably seen some of the athletes graciously staying behind to shake hands and sign autographs while others make a B-line through the fans to the locker room. If the Volkswagen group were an athlete, it would be the former. Every year the German automaker comes to Wörthersee to meet its most die-hard enthusiasts, and never comes empty-handed. You'll recall that last year Volkswagen unveiled the shockingly exotic Golf GTI W12 650 while Audi showed up with the TT clubsport quattro. This year, not only is Audi bringing both the A3 TDI clubsport quattro concept and the pre-production TT clubsport quattro roadster, but Volkswagen has rolled in to town with the Scirocco GT24, the competition version of its new sport-hatch that the German automaker will be campaigning at this weekend's 2008 Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race.

As we've reported previously, power comes from the same 2-liter turbo four that drove the race-prepped GTI to victory at the Ring last year. 321 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque are channeled to the front wheels (not all four) via Volkswagen's trademark six-speed DSG, only with beefed-up clutch plates, revised gearing and a lightweight flywheel. Dimensions for the racing version have grown slightly, with an extra 227mm in length for aero stability and 61mm in width to cover the 18-inch racing rims on a wide track, dropping ride height by 75mm. The interior is stripped and race-prepped with a full roll cage, Recaro seats with five-point harnesses, competition steering wheel, electronic instrumentation and fire extinguisher, all in all stripping 178kg from the interior.

While the Scirocco GT24 wows the crowds at Wörthersee and takes on all comers at the Nurburgring, Volkswagen has given us a mouthwatering, knee-buckling preview of what a road-going Scirocco R version could look like. Check out the images in the gallery below and the press release after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]


GTI Meet 2008: Gentlemen, start your engines!

World premiere of the Scirocco GT24 with 325 PS

Wolfsburg, 22 May 2008 - Volkswagen will present the world premiere of a 239 kW (325 PS) version of the new Scirocco today at the legendary GTI Meet at Wörther Lake. For two days later, a team of legendary drivers will start the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in the sports version of the Scirocco. Thus, the new Scirocco will be in the spotlight at two cult events for car enthusiasts at the same time.

Volkswagen is presenting the racing version of the Scirocco GT24 at Wörther Lake in a world premiere. "This car doesn't need to be driven to look fast. The Scirocco GT24 with the blue-white finish sits so low on its extended wheel wells that a hand will not fit between the wheel arch and the tyre. Yet the race car remains unmistakeably a Scirocco from every angle. Just even wider, even longer and even lower," says Volkswagen Chairman for Development Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, who will not be passing up the opportunity to sit behind the wheel in the race in the Eiffel. The 325 PS Scirocco will also be driven during the race by legendary drivers like rally world champion Carlos Sainz and Hans-Joachim Stuck, three-time winner of the 24-hour Nürburgring race. Incidentally, "Striezel" Stuck won the very first 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 1970. Now, thirty-eight years later, the Scirocco GT24 is competing. It draws its power from only two litres displacement: the 16-valve direct injection engine with a turbocharger and intercooler delivers its maximum torque of 340 Newton metres beginning from only 2,100 rpm. Gear changes are executed by a dual clutch gearbox (DSG), which is also available for the production model.

The idea of an affordable dream car was born in the 70s with the first Scirocco. The success of this two-seat sport coupe continued for nearly 20 years, during which time more than 360,000 Sciroccos were built. The enthusiasm for this car has been uninterrupted since Volkswagen presented the new version of the Scirocco at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The new car appears to have struck a chord with car buyers and will pick up with the success of the original Scirocco which, in the mean time, has developed into a cult car.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      wow nice, if this is brought to the states ill turn in to euro trash
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW is screwing up big time by not bringing the Scirocco to the states. This thing would sell like HOTCAKES, as there isnt another hatch that would match its looks at any price point.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Absolutely awesome interior on this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At first I saw Volkswagen Scirocco debuts at Whorehouse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Remember....this is a "cost no object" hand built race/design excercise. It has awesome build quality but a road version could never look this good. Just look at the super build quality of the interior !! This particular car is actually a prototype race car not even a spec touring or GT car. I love though!! And the fact that VW is so dedicated to getting new designs on the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not a huge VW fan, if at all... but this Scirocco looks really good!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Aside from their wagons, I'm not a huge VW fan either, but the new Scirocco looks pretty good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ARGHHHH why can't they bring this car here. Jerks. :(
      4cyl turbo, DSG, AWD.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the TT is so ugly.. looks like a beetle clone
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah.... it would completely leach sales from the TT-S, which is basically exactly what you just specified. What would set the TT-S apart from an R-line Scirocco? About 5-10 grand for an aluminum front body and artsy looks.

        I've personally been salivating over the TT-S as the perfect base for a stealth track monster (330 hp chipped, 3000 lbs, 255mm tires, AWD, and active dampers), but if a similar R-line Scirocco showed up, I'd chose it in a flash over the TT version.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks absolutely badass... Stands to reason we won't get it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is a mistkae...

      VW does not show the 24h race Scirocco at the Wörthersee.. it is the Scirocco GT24 a "race taxi" version of the Scirocco. The different is easy to id the "race taxi" carry the Ring tracklayout at the side...

      here are some real world pictures of the Scirocco GT24




      • 7 Years Ago
      if they put a good enough motor, awd, and a 6speed, in this and brought it to the states, i might consider trading in my MKIV R32 for this...
        • 7 Years Ago
        You, I, and a lot of other people are still waiting for an improved MKIV R32. Don't get me wrong the MKV is nice, but I wouldn't call it an improvement, just newer.

        This car, even with the 2.0T at 300hp, with AWD would be a decent offering at least. It would sell more than the MKV R32 is, thats for sure.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm still of the mind that hte Rabbit should be the lower end and this the upper end. Rabbit and maybe rabid GTI. Scirocco's base should be the gti engine and upgrade should be R32 (or better).

        personally, that's how I think VW does away with the overlap they SAY they are concerned with. hurts me because I would be happy with a 170-180hp scirocco but from a business perspective I get it.

        • 7 Years Ago
        That...and if they made the front-end look a little less like the new Impreza (blah). I like the idea of this car...I'm just not crazy about the execution.
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