• Nov 25, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco

It's just a matter of time before Volkswagen begins offering a hotter, harder version of the new Scirocco, and according to CAR, the range-topping three-door will be packing the same 265-hp, 2.0-liter turbo as the Audi S3. The VW Scirocco R20T will be heavily influenced by the Scirocco GT24 racer that campaigned at the Nurburgring earlier this year, but without the vented hood, massive rear wing and aggressive front splitter. The sprint to 60 should be easily dispatched in under six seconds and a top speed of 155 mph is almost assured. Grippier seats and a stiffer ride that makes use of V-Dub's active suspension system are likely part of the package, and sales are expected to begin abroad in January for around £25,000. An R32 variant packing the VR6 is likely off the drawing board due to emissions and fuel economy, and if VW is actually considering bringing the Scirocco to the U.S., the R20T would be the perfect variant to distance itself from the equally competent GTI.



[Source: CAR]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The first time I saw the Sirocco, I thought it was butt ugly, Now I want it badly. A 2.0T would be amazing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A 265hp 2.0T would haul ass. I would consider buying one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Short listed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      pretty! Is there build quality doing a lot better on this generation of VW's for owners out there?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It just doesn't resemble the older versions of the Scirocco enough for me to cause any drooling. It is more future GTi Golf than it is Scirocco. I truly don't see what all the fuss is about it.

      I do agree that the interior is very nice looking and I am sure it will be fun to drive.

      • 6 Years Ago
      they need to bring this to the US, i'd totally buy one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't see how this thing is going to keep up with an STI when it's slower than a regular WRX but I love your optimism...
        • 6 Years Ago
        They are, it'll be here in september.

        This was prety obvious, im not sure it caught anyone by surprise, every time the TT received a new more powerful version that powerplant and drivetrain made it into the R. Most of us were betting on the next .:R being a Scirocco with the 2.0T and 4motion from the TT-S, glad to see car has found some glimmer of truth to substantiate it.

        I'll have one on order when the books open, at 30-40 It'll be noticeably faster and handle better than the R32 it replaces and finally be an .:R car capable of at least hanging with the EVO X and WRX STi
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice. I'd rather have the smaller, more-powerful engine than the 3.2. Anyway, V6s don't belong in compact FWD cars. Turbo-4s do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lighter, cheaper, just as fast, more economical. What's not to like???
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a current and happy GTI owner, note to VW, "I'm ready to trade up".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Same here....MkV GTI owner....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ditto on that. I love my GTI, but the Scirocco is amazing enough to send it packing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW this is the first VW i've ever seen that looks good. I would consider buying one of these if it wasnt hatchback.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because I find most hatchbacks ugly. They have a miniature wagon/minivan vibe. I don't care about super practicality in a sporty car like the mazdaspeed 3 or focus, I would rather have a coupe version of both of those and I wouldn't consider the hatchback at all.

        Recently, though, there have been some appealing hatchbacks. The Brera, C30, and now the scirocco. These cars are sleek and sporty and do not look like miniature minivans. Not sure how you could want a scirocco but not as a hatchback since they never showed a non-hatch version of it. You either like it or you don't.

        Anyway if they keep making cars like I listed I would consider a hatchback and so would a lot of people. But I still wouldn't buy a focus/mazda 3/rabbit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I still can't fathom why anyone wants a vehicle with a boot as opposed to a hatch. Hatches a sleek looking, far more versatile and generally decrease any kind of hideous overhang past the rear wheels allowing for the wheelbase to be closer to the overall length.

        I'd like one as well, I just can't understand your reasoning for wanting a booted car.

        Eric
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take it with a freaking mouse on a wheel under the hood... just bring it over here NOW!
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      still want....
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        you took my exact words
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