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Click above for a high-res gallery of the VW Scirocco R

Okay, so we were wrong about the venue. This weekend, against the backdrop of the Nürburgring 24, Volkswagen will unveil the 265-horsepower Scirocco R to the public. The specs are unchanged from what we reported last night. The Scirocco shares its 265-horsepower/350 Nm (258 lb-ft) 2.0L turbo four with the Audi S3, but unlike the latter, the VW is a front-driver. Drivers pick gears via either a 6-speed stick or DSG, and the VW Scirocco R gets the XDS electronic differential featured in the new GTI. On the tarmac, the Scirocco R makes the run from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds with the manual gearbox. (Shave off another tenth with the DSG.) Outside, the bodywork apes that of the Scirocco GT24 racer, five of which will be competing in the 24-hour enduro at the Nordschleife. A meaner face, larger roof spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, 18-inch "Talladega" wheels, and the requisite badging visually separate the Scirocco R from its more sedate-looking siblings. Have a closer look in the hi-res gallery below.

[Source: Volkswagen]

The new Scirocco R – From the race track to the road
Sports car has international debut at the Nürburgring

Wolfsburg / Nürburg, 20 May 2009 - There could not be a better time or place for a world premiere: parallel to the start of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, Volkswagen is presenting the new Scirocco R for the first time anywhere. A sports car without compromise and a race track that demands everything of the driver will be meeting together this weekend.

Approximately one year after the market launch of the third Scirocco generation, Volkswagen is presenting the most powerful series built Scirocco ever made at the Nürburgring. Its charged four-cylinder 2.0 l TSI is impressive with an output of 195 kW / 265 PS and 350 Newton metres of torque – the dynamic effect is just as striking as the running gear which provides optimal traction characteristics thanks to, amongst other things, the new front axle differential lock XDS.

The design of the Scirocco R is largely based on the Scirocco GT24, which was designed for motor sports: there are large air intake openings in the front bumper which the engineers used to achieve optimal cooling for the engine and the brakes, and an integrated front spoiler as well as the bi-xenon headlights. At the rear end, the roof edge spoiler, which is much larger than on the standard model, a striking shining black diffuser and the chrome tailpipes of the dual exhaust system dominate the design. The side view of the vehicle is characterised by the powerful sill panels as well as the specially-designed 18" alloy wheels "Talladega".

Volkswagen will demonstrate the potential of the new Scirocco R during the 24- hour race with this racing version. With a total of five Sciroccos, driver teams including Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the Volkswagen board of management for technical development, the rally world champion Carlos Sainz as well as this year's Dakar winner Giniel de Villiers, will be at the start line.

Note: Comprehensive information on the 24-hour race can be found at www.volkswagen-motorsport.info.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Sooo, I'm guessing $35k for a car that does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds? Give me a Cobalt SS turbo or MS3, leave the extra 12k in my pocket, and I'll still outperform the crap out of this thing.

      Thing is pretty though. All show, no go.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "...and I jizz in my pants."

        Sure, if you wanna look like you just time traveled from the 1990's...

        I too find the price rather steep for a hatch, but it's got an undeniable appeal to it, aesthetically speaking. Seeing as there's little to no chance of actually testing this car out, I'll reserve judgment...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now I'm really looking forward to the Golf R20. All the power and capabilities of the Scirroco R without the ugliness. And the Golf R20 will probably come to the U.S.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not too mention lighter, too

        This engine would be amazing in the R20
      • 6 Years Ago
      265hp and FWD ... did someone from FoMoCo take over at VWR? ... if you don't want to compete with the TT don't make a Sport Coupe VW ... duh!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay so what does this car have that the GTi doesn't? And why do we need it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Ligor:

        Never trust VW's acceleration figures, they are always higher than what the magazines and other testers will achieve.

        For instance, VW says 0-60 in 6.9s for the DSG GTI(7.2s for the manual) compared to the 6.2s you quoted.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and 6.5 to 62mph seems a tad slow
        doesn't the current GTI do that feat in only 6.2sec?
        it does look better than the GTI
        but i'd buy neither one
        • 6 Years Ago
        "we" (north america) don't, which is why it will never, ever be sold here.

        with the MkVI GTI having the same dynamic suspension and better handling than the Scirocco this refresh of the Scirocco was an obvious step. VW's just keeping it relevant until the R20T comes out. Think of it like all those dull as dishwater 528s with the M body work, just as those customers paid simply for a bit sportier look, so too will Europeans enamored with this cars domination of the races it has entered in.

        It helps to consider Europe only cars in a European context when asking why.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well apart from being lower, wider and more powerful then a GTI, not much. Being a MKV GTI owner myself, I'd be the 1st inline for a trade-in if this baby ever made it stateside!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Primeiro video criado para o club Scirocco:


      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw one in Ireland while I was there two weeks ago, and it really is a fantastic looking car. Sexiest Volkswagen I can recall. I think they would do fantastic if they were sold in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ajudem-me a criar uma comunidade Scirocco em Portugal no site que estou a desenvolver: www.sciroccoportugal.com

      • 6 Years Ago
      So. Not. Fair. Price this sucker like the Mazdaspeed 3 and you've got a hot-selling car. Hell, I'd buy one right now.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Very sexy car, shame it will not make it over here...
      • 6 Years Ago
      6.5 secs ZZZZZzzzzzz...... Even a WRX eats it for lunch. Oh well it's a FWD so who really cares. Just another boring VW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, everyone who likes to hate on the R32 will have a field day with this one.
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