• Feb 19th 2010 at 1:32PM
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Ask us what Euro-only model we'd import to the States and the Volkswagen Scirocco would be near the top of the list. It combines everything we love about the GTI into a more attractive, racy package and, just like it's boxy brethren, it's packed with tuning potential.

HPA has been at the forefront of VW and Audi modifications for years, and the Canadian tuning firm has worked out a deal with V-Dub to import a handful of Sciroccos into British Colombia each year to finally offer North American gearheads the hot hatch we deserve. But naturally, they're not leaving good-enough alone.

Although the Scirocco tops out in R trim with a 265-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder, HPA will swap in a fully-built 3.2-liter V6 complete with a pair of Garrett H25 turbochargers, along with all-wheel drive. The result is the FT565, good for 550 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque. Bump it up to the Stage 2 package and torque swells to 600 lb-ft and the 0-60 time drops to 3.4 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 11.3 seconds. Top speed? HPA claims 200 mph... in a hatchback.

In addition to the engine mods, the stock brakes have been swapped out in favor of 14-inch, eight-piston units in front and 13-inch rotors out back, with 19-inch aluminum BBS coated in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires.

As you'd expect, such a conversion and importation doesn't come cheap: HPA only plans to build 10 FT565 Sciroccos each year, at a cost of $150,000 a piece. And no, there's no word on whether the Scirocco will be available here in the U.S. Dammit.

[Source: HPA via Automobile]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      badass car, but if i had $150k to burn, i'd get an R8.
        • 5 Years Ago
        if i had $150k , i'd invest the money. if i had $10 million , i'd get a few supercars and this car too just for the laughs, which is exactly what this car is all about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We Canadian's get it good.

      BNR32 GT-R.
      S13 Silvia
      S13 180SX
      S14 Silvia
      RHD FD3S RX-7
      RHD JZA80 Supra Twin Turbo
      Honda NSX Type R.
      BCNR33 GT-R.
      AWD Scirocco's.
      Audi RS6's.
      Audi RS4 Avant's.
      Low mile original BMW M3's.
      Low mile original BMW M5's.
      Lorinser AMG's.
      AC Schnitzer tuned BMW 850's on the cheap.

      And the best part is that the first 7 on those list we can usually find for under 15,000 dollars.

      I'm proud to be Canadian!
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^^^yeah, but you're stil stuck in Canada....FAIL. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Geez would you put a cork in it. Waddaya want, the imperialist horde coming over the 49th for our scooby snacks? Mind you, the last time they tried we kicked their butts, but lets not get them all riled up especially with the big "O" happening in Vancouver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They also have a 3.6L option with 650HP and 700TQ.... Its using a 3.6L FSI powerplant from the R36 Passat. Should be good for 3 seconds flat and low 10s in the 1/4 mile with top speed of over 220MPH from what I'm reading on the HPA release news.

      Basically take a Golf R32, stick on a Scirocco body on it and you got this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Importing one by yourself would be MUCH less expensive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would have been to a VW showroom the day they landed the Scirocco in the US. Volkswagen believes it would sabotage GTI sales. I hope after the new GTI sales run dry (after all, they didn't change much besides power train and taillights), they'll realize they can bring the Scirocco to the US to scoop up a ton more sales. What an amazing car - I'm kind of pissed VW chose to snub us. As far as one with 550hp, cool and I would have been ecstatic with the R.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh, they didn't even change the powertrain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gee, this is a beautiful LOOKING car! Why in heck doesn't VW just put a good, strong 4 cyl., turbocharged something...maybe 240 to 265 HP...in it, and let it sell like HOTCAKES here in the USA? Price it above the GTI (because of more power & technology) and both will sell just fine!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The real question is, what kind of person would buy this over a Audi R8 5.1 V10. I guess if your kitty cat magnet is tunned to jail bate, then sure, go for the boy toy car, but common.....

      Give me the big boy car please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        someone with a sense of humour who doesn't need a badge to be cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should just put the vr6 six in it, in the first place. I am overseas, in Germany and heard the four cylinder engines run and what a sorry sound this car makes, and a sport exhaust just makes it worse. I wish the car companys would go back to more cylinders for the sake of our ears.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome car, but I would just stick with the 2.0 Turbo and change the turbo for about 300 HP. And even Canada gets better cars then us thanks to the stupid SUV hungry people.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm. Aston Martin V8 Vantage or Volkswagen Scirocco? Hmm... Aston Martin? Volkswagen? Hmm... Well, I guess it's a coin-toss.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^The interior is the standard vw one: extremely well build for a fraction of the cost because it's shared between 3 million cars every year. If you want to feel you're unique you shouldn't buy a car from the company with the #1 sales in the world. As for the nav it's fairly representative. The VAST majority of the owners go for the RCD510. It looks exactly the same as the sat nav minus 2 side buttons (6 vs 8). Yes there are some sort of weirdos out there that stay with the RCD310 saving 200 bucks. I suppose it's ok if you don't care for the big color touch screen, 6cd-changer,sd card support, better integration with the AC, + + + +, but since weirdos are weirdos that's why it should be shown with the RNS or RCD510.

        As for this version: why no company makes an exact copy of the IROC prototype ?? That one looked soooo great...
        • 5 Years Ago
        neither, audi r8 v10, quicker than the vantage, awd like the scirocco, and a hell of a lot better sounding and handling than either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's an easy decision if you like squashed Golfs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously, you can't buy the R8 5.2 for anywhere NEAR 150k USD in the States, let alone 150k CAD. Do you even know how much that car costs in Canada? Try 173k CAD, before tax. Is that 150k CAD? Nope.

        I think it's abundantly clear that you have a strong preference for Audis, but ignoring the mandatory dealer markup at the dealers on either side of the border is well...bliss?

        • 5 Years Ago
        The interior is hideous. The standard Scirocco looks much better exterior-wise. And again why do press photos always show the nav option?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the turbo is an even more fair comparison

        6cyl AWD 500hp range

        ...tough one
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe I'm about to say this but, after looking at the numbers, I'm forced to ask, is that it?
      I mean, that's a pretty small car. You give it AWD and that kind of power, you'd expect better 0-60 and 1/4 mile numbers, no?
        • 5 Years Ago
        of course you could get better times with the right gearbox settings.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, so you're saying that for my $150K I'm getting a car that hasn't had the gearing optimized??? Be serious. Sorry but for that kind of money, I would hope to not get spanked by a stock GT-R with substantially less power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sparrk you are the man. Couldn't agree more... Except I wish I could be in that position :/
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree wholeheartedly with sparrk. It's all in what the car is made to do. I also agree that the GT-R focuses on lower speed acceleration at the expense of higher end acceleration.

        Road & Track had a comparison test between the GT-R, Z06, and 911 Turbo. Here's what they came up with for the GT-R.

        0-60 - 3.4sec
        1/4mile - 11.8 @116.5mph

        So, by those figures, this HPA Scirocco wouldn't get "spanked" by a stock GT-R. It would be a pretty close race actually, at least to 60mph. In the 1/4mile, the GT-R would be half a second behind while the Scirocco posts a quicker 1/4mi. time than the Z06 and 911 Turbo as well. That's also assuming the Scirocco's numbers aren't underestimating it a bit.

        Secondly, the GT-R's speed trails off somewhat quickly after about 70mph. At least compared to its competitors that is.

        That same comparison test shows the GT-R neck and neck with the Z06 and 911 Turbo to 70mph, after 70mph, it starts to lose steam and by 120mph, it is 2.0sec behind the Z06 (12.7s to 10.7s) and 1.2sec behind the 911 Turbo (11.5s). At 120mph, that 2 seconds equates to more than a football field of distance.

        That all said, any of those cars is plenty fast and anyone looking strictly for a quick ride isn't going to pony up $150k for a Scirocco with a transplant, they are going to buy a GT-R, Z06 or something else.. This HPA car (like the many other they build) are toys, sort of like having a 1000hp Viper, Vette or Ford GT.

        • 5 Years Ago
        gearbox optimized for what ? the GT-R has it optimized for 0-200 km/h , after 200km/h it's a joke. i bet this car accelerates fast up to top speed.

        anyway , ths car isn't for people who are counting bang/buck , this car is for people who already have supercars and helicopters, twin blonde mistresses and whatnot. guys who buy this car buy it on impulse because they can and because it's fun to arrive in a crazy little VW to a snobbish party where everyone has their standard Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin , etc. , especially in the US where the are no new Sciroccos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $5 or $500k.... that thing is f'ing awesome.
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