• May 6, 2009
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Europeans just got another turbocharged diesel engine option for the Volkswagen Scirocco, leaving us even more jealous than before that the sporty hatchback won't be making its way to America. The new powerplant is the same unit that VW recently introduced in the Golf GTD, and it offers up the same 168 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in this application.

The torque-rich oil-burner can be mated to either a six-speed manual or VW's excellent six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Either way, the TDI is capable of pushing the Scirocco to 60 mph in about eight seconds and on to a top speed of 138 mph. According to Volkswagen, the new powerplant manages to score 53.3 mpg (44 in U.S. gallons) on the EU combined cycle.

VW is only putting the new diesel in vehicles equipped with the up-level GT trim. As such, standard features include a six-disc CD changer, dual-zone climate control, electronic stability control and VW's Adaptive Chassis Control, which offers three separate suspension settings. Also newly available are 19-inch "Lugano" alloy rims. Check the complete press release after the break for all the details.




PRESS RELEASE:

SCIROCCO GT TDI 170PS COMBINES PERFORMANCE, STYLE AND ECONOMY

The new performance diesel variant of the Scirocco GT equipped with a 2.0-litre TDI 170PS engine is now available to order. Combining effortless acceleration, made possible by 258 lbs ft of torque delivered from 1,750 rpm, and the ability to return 53.3 mpg on the combined cycle, the new model mixes style, economy and sharp dynamics.

The refined and powerful 2.0-litre common rail TDI engine develops 170 PS at 4,200 rpm and is available linked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox. Both gearboxes accelerate the Scirocco to 62 mph from a standstill in 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 138 mph (DSG: 136), while emitting just 139 g/km (DSG: 147) of CO2.

The latest addition to the Scirocco range is available linked exclusively to the GT trim level and offers a comprehensive list of standard equipment including a six-CD autochanger, rain and dusk sensor, multifunction computer and 2Zone air conditioning. In terms of safety, ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and six airbags are all standard.

For the first time new 19-inch 'Lugano' alloy wheels are available as an option.

As with all models in the Scirocco range, the new GT 2.0-litre TDI 170PS is fitted with Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) operating through pneumatic valves in the damper units. The system allows the driver to select from normal, comfort or sport modes to define the desired suspension and steering response settings for the conditions.

For more information on the Scirocco visit your local Volkswagen Retailer, call 0800 333666 or log on to www.volkswagen.co.uk.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Buffy and Muffy don't want to smell diesel on thier hands as they sip their lattes, so this car will never see U.S. soil. We are gonna be stuck with gas burners and automatics forever because of the mindset here. Yay!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the scirocco, i love TDi, but vw can keep this one, the reviews are beyond meh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks Markus, I appreciate the response. My only experience with diesel engines here in the States has been behind the wheel of a few of our company's Freightliner & UD box trucks. But those things only have about 2k of usable revs.

      Roland one issue with diesels here, and it's easily fixable, is the lack of availability of diesel at gas stations. I was on a trip in one of our trucks in New Jersey last year, gauge was reading empty, and I had a hell of time trying to find a station that sold diesel. The other is price, it's much more expensive than gasoline, but I suspect that once gas prices go up again, that diesels will finally find a home again here. I would love to try one out, maybe I will head over to local VW dealer sometime and see if I can get a test drive.

      For the record I think the Scirocco would sell, there is a pretty vibrant VW fanbase here that would love to have it. I would certainly take a look at one to replace my MINI Cooper S in a few years.
      Roland
      • 5 Years Ago
      That diesel naysayer posture always pops up when AB reports on great european diesel cars and frankly I'm sick and tired of it.

      Nay: "sounds like a tractor"- Response: sure when you shove your ear hard on the hood- other wise no noise but the noise of power--
      Nay: "Buffy and Muffy wont like that smell while doing lattes" - Response: what, are you living in the 80's, do you still drive a diesel Olds? Advancements and much better Tech has done away with issues like smell for years now. Even with a modern gasser- put your hand or face or your latte at the exhaust pipe and enrich your self with resultant VOC's and PM10's and unburned HC's and then claim that's cleaner than a modern diesel.
      Nay: " diesel is underpowered, that's why you see none in America". - Response: Proven V8 power and torque out of a four cylinder diesel motor ( my 4 cyl diesel SUV can blow away any V6 and sure surprises those gasser tuner Asian cars too!).
      The US with its uberstrong oil lobby and oil politics will not allow light diesels because if more vehicles went to diesel less fuel will be sold (ie: if ALL vehicles in US were diesel oil consumption would drop 45%- bye bye OPEC!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Both Car and Evo have given this a collective "meh", preferring the petrol burners across the board.

      Move along, nothing to see here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm how odd that they would say such a thing, considering so far I've like the tdi versions out of almost every petrol vw model out there, wonder if VW is taking the fun out of the diesels due to the emissions, that would be a shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      TDI = exciting, Scirocco = snore. Who styled this bland, featureless coupe? I can appreciate underwhelming styling for the sake of conservative handsome lines, but the Scirocco lacks even that. I don't understand the hype and lust over this car. There are better looking minivans out there..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Couldn't disagree more. This looks so much better than any comparable $20-30,000 available stateside to me. I think the lack of scoops, spoilers, and tacky ground effects are exactly why I love it so much
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does one go about getting one imported? I really REALLY like this! I agree with the statements made earlier about the clean lines of this modern rendition of the classic Scirocco. It's silky smooth, refined.... adult.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hate to burst your bubble, but it is really, really hard and very expensive to import a vehicle not sold in the US market
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am sure fans must have got impressed with this blog!!!
      http://www.mycontractoronline.com/garage-door-installation-contractors.aspx
      • 5 Years Ago
      More proof that VW's product planning people in the US are actually employed by Oldsmobile, Pontiac, or Packard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From the predominantly negative comments here, sounds like VW were right not to offer it in North America.

      I pass a couple of these on my way to work here in London, and it is jaw-droppingly good looking.
      • 5 Years Ago

      I think the car looks great...I love the TDI, and this one's got even more torque than the one they're exporting here.
      What I don't love is that it's not coming to the US.
      If I ever buy a new car, it's going to be a hybrid or a turbo diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but imagine yourself sitting behind the wheel, in a sexy looking hatch like this, turning the key, or pushing the start button, and suddenly the noise of an idling tractor enters the cabin. The experience is ruined.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Clearly you have ZERO experience with European Diesels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well the last generation Jetta TDIs sound like tractors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Clearly. At least try before you say your opinion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same goes for the present generation - at idle, but they're not nearly as loud as the previous gen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you are riding next to the front left tire, strapped onto the hood, maybe you will hear this. In the seats, with the windows closed, there is not even the slightest vibration in the older (2-3 years old) VW diesels, let alone the new ones. At cruise speed there is considerably less engine noise and vibration than a 4 cyl petrol engine.
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