• May 19, 2009
Don't get too excited if you're Stateside -- this puppy's a Europe-only treat. iMotor is first on the web with photos of the new Volkswagen Scirocco R. The UK publication had the slick blue hot hatch for an exclusive photo shoot, the embargo for which apparently lifted as the clock struck midnight GMT this evening. So, what do our friends across the pond get? Well, the Scirocco R features the Audi S3's 265-horsepower variant of the near-ubiquitous 2.0 TFSI engine, which sends power to the front wheels via either a 6-speed manual or DSG. In a bid to keep some semblance of control over all that front-drive juice, the Scirocco R gets the new XDS differential we'll be seeing in the redesigned 2010 GTI. Naturally, there are more aggressive fascias decorated with "R" badges fore and aft. The Scirocco R also benefits from a lowered suspension and upgraded brakes over the standard car. iMotor says that the VW Scirocco R will hit showrooms sometime this September priced from £26,000. VW hasn't made its official announcement as of yet, but we expect that info and additional photos to hit the wires by tomorrow morning. If we had to guess, the Scirocco R will be Veedub's headliner at the Wörthersee, along with Audi's Q5 Custom Concept. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Official info, photos from VW here.

[Source and Photo: iMotor]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      fml. i want one. vw i hate you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can they please just ignore the Audi design language and bring this here as the new a3 or something? it's just such an amazing looking car!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car grew on me.. I was kinda dissappointed in the fact that it looked to me like a squat Golf instead of more like the Corrado update everyone I knew was hoping for, but It just keeps getting better and better looking all the time. That is a hallmark of a good design.. Anywho.. I refused to get on to the VW rollercoaster of on again and off again availability, but not bringing it here is a mistake.. sure VW would not have sold a 100K of them but it was a lot better bet than the Rutan..(which I like..in a weird way). The other thing is it isnt always about the 0-60.. the hardcore guys who want hyper 0-60 times usually are uninsurable or 16..lol.. or they can't afford a Rabbit(Golf) let alone a Scirocco. The few of us who can afford it want it because of more than just the 0-60 time.. I can get a beater CR-x and drop in a vtec turboed NOS'd engine on slicks with a coffee can exhaust that can do it in 4.5 seconds lol but really do you want to own it just because of that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        good grief, do people actually consider FWD for a drag car?

        I know you were saying that is what you DON'T want, and I agree with you on that point, I don't either.

        But when you think of "what if I wanted a straight-line car", you honestly think of a CRX????

        the dynamics of FWD cars are absolutely Bass-Ackwards for weight transfer for a FWD drag car.

        Do people really just tacitly accept Front Wheel Drive as the de-facto standard, and forget that RWD even exists, let alone is an inherently better performance platform, short of low-traction environments that favor true AWD?

        Whether it be wishing for Scirocco, Focus RS, or touting Mazdaspeed 3, or Cobalt SS... or any number of pullers with higher output engines... good grief, why not get a proper RWD, or AWD car... At least Mini Cooper has a historical tie to having historically always been FWD... so at least you could point to some sort of traditional nostalgia there...

        Why the heck can't VW/Audi/Porsche come up with something affordable and RWD... like a newer, better 924, only this time give it an Audi or VW nameplate, as the 924 was supposed to get, before they chickened out the first time, and left porsche holding the bag with development costs already out the door... So they sold it as a Porsche, even though some didn't think it deserved that badge.

        (Personally, I believe 944 grew into the Porsche crest quite well, but the 924 and 914 both could have been more accepted as VWs or Audis, without the Porsche expectational hurdle.)

        Until you get much higher in the lineup, RWD is really not even part of VAG's vocabulary, which is unfortunate. AWD is great, sometimes even fantastic. But RWD has it's place, as well...

        That is one of the reasons I am kinda sad to see the BlueSport roadster plans being cancelled. With a gas turbo engine, that could have been a seriously fun little car, as was MR2 in that same idiom.

        I just have a hard time getting excited about a Scirocco that is really only differentiated slightly by looks from a Golf GTI or R32. I don't even get all that excited about a front-biased Audi TT, and that does look sleeker. I was hoping VW BlueSport would have spawned a mid-engined TT coupe and roadster replacement to share the platform costs, and be less expensive to buy and own than a Porsche Boxster or Cayman, not as a direct competitor to the Porsches.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No AWD? =( Then again since we won't see it ever stateside it's sad faces all around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Considering that VWs are heavy enough with 2WD, I'd take some torque steer over even more weight with AWD. The R32, for example, had a healthy 240hp but wasn't exactly a rocket with about 3500 lbs. to carry around - pretty insane for a "hot" hatch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it doesn't suck, it's a great car, trouble is the MkVI GTI is more fun as it's newer. The issue with the Scirocco is it's position, between the A3 and MkVI GTI the Scirocco is always going to be a limited proposition, and while i'd love awd, it's abundantly clear we'll see that reserved for the R20T.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ bungle

        you should update your info... the Scirocco R weight 2930lbs creb weight according to Evo Magazine from the UK... lot less than FWD Focus RS which was scaled at the sportauto test with 3270lbs cerb weight...340lbs or 150kg is a huge different
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can always find ways to lighten a car... it's much harder to replace FF into AWD.

        It's funny, VW has to go through so much trouble to ensure that the Scirocco doesn't cannibalize the VW GTI (can't put 4-motion) or the A3 (gotta keep the interior relatively cheap-looking). If the Scirocco would cannibalize other VW/Audi hatches so much, maybe that shows how good of a design the Scirocco is, and how they should embrace it instead purposely making it suck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed lack of 4mo is sad, xds is not as good as what ford puts in their uber focus, i would have preferred to see 4mo but I guess that would have made the S3 sales fall flat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        dont you think todays people still dont get the AWD as a good drivetrain? i saw tunners changing the AWD on the GTR35 to a RWD making it lighter and "better". Subarus and lanevos have been changed to RWD also and people claim them to be a better car. This is the new era were they offer something like AWD so we can change it into what we really want which is a RWD coupe? wouldnt it be easier to just make it RWD?
        i would love this car to be RWD but after reading about the great handling of the new focus RS, and remembering the handling of the Honda Integra, i think there should be hot hatches with FWD, but they should make most of them RWD like the new genesis, but without the expensive body design and looks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So yeah, I really want this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like the Volvo C30...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope, the C30 looks better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks more like a Golf/Polo trying to merge into the shape of a 1990 - 1994 Honda Civic Hatchback model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. This is quite possibly the only new car I would consider buying. Figures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. Me likey.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ohhh, that is a JUICY forbidden fruit! I want one so badly!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hot with 2 Ts. Hott.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hot with an 'awt'. hawt.

        VW is foolish for not shipping at least a few of these out here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So is this what we can expect for the R20 in the US? I was hoping for AWD but I'd take one anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I meant to reply to AMcA... damn it, Autoblog, you still haven't fixed your comment system?
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