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VW Golf R and Scirocco R - Click above for high-res image gallery

For those of you in the U.K., the R-line versions of the Golf and Scirocco have been priced and can now be ordered. The Scirocco is the bargain of the two, going for £26,945 ($44,257 U.S.), while the Golf takes you slightly higher up the currency chart, priced at £28,930 ($47,518 U.S. -- nota bene: U.S. prices don't directly translate). They both come standard with a 6-speed manual, but if you want the car to shift for you, the DSG transmission option adds £1,300 ($2,135 U.S.) to either car.

They're the fastest and most powerful versions yet in their respective models: the 261-hp, front-wheel-drive Scirocco runs to 62 in 6 seconds; the 266-hp, 4MOTION-equipped Golf in 5.7. If you get the manual you can add 0.2 seconds to those times. The cars will make it to U.K. showrooms in February of next year, but in the meantime follow the jump to read all the specs and watch the video, and check out the gallery of high-res photos below.

[Source: Volkswagen]




30 October 2009
-- Volkswagen has today confirmed pricing and specification for the most powerful and fastest accelerating derivatives of the Scirocco and Golf ever produced. Developed by Volkswagen's special projects wing, Volkswagen Individual, prices for Scirocco R start at £26,945 on-the-road and £28,930 for the Golf R.

Fitted with a 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder engine and a six speed manual gearbox as standard, the Scirocco R develops 265 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque while the Golf R produces 270 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque. A six-speed DSG gearbox is available as an option on both models from £1,300.

For the first time on an 'R' model, the Scirocco R channels power though the front wheels and is fitted with the XDS electronic cross-axle traction control system to ensure improved grip in all conditions. The Golf R, available in both three- and five-door bodystyles, uses a pre-charged hydraulic version of Volkswagen's 4MOTION four wheel drive system. This system can react quicker than previous 4MOTION systems while also limiting torque to maximise traction and minimise wheelspin.

The range-topping Scirocco accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in 6.0 seconds, falling to 5.8 seconds when equipped with the DSG gearbox, while achieving a combined figure of 34.9 mpg (35.3 for DSG) and 189 g/km of CO2 (187 for DSG).

The Golf R is the fastest accelerating Volkswagen ever produced, with a 0 to 62mph sprint taking just 5.7 seconds. As with the Scirocco, the DSG gearbox shaves a further two tenths of a second from this time. Despite this impressive performance, the Golf R returns 33.2 mpg on the combined cycle (DSG 33.6 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 199 g/km (195g DSG). Both the Scirocco R and Golf R models have a top speed of 155 mph.

To set the 'R' models apart from a conventional Scirocco or Golf, both feature unique styling features. New front bumpers complete with LED running lights and a trio of deep airdams, Xenon lights which frame gloss black grille elements, gloss black wing mirrors, sill extensions and 18-inch five-spoke 'Talladega' alloy wheels housing gloss black 'R' callipers give the new models a purposeful look. Optional 19-inch alloy wheels in the same design are also available and, on the Golf R, these can be specified with a gloss black finish.

At the back, both models feature roof mounted spoilers and are fitted with twin exit exhausts; the Golf R's positioned in the centre of a gloss black diffuser and the Scirocco R's mounted on either side. Smoked rear light units, which on the Golf house high-intensity LED bulbs, further differentiate the R models.

Styling changes continue inside the cabins of both new models with new sports seats complete with 'R' logos, piano black and silver highlights, a new three-spoke black leather sports steering wheel with contrasting stitching and revised white backlit dials with subtle electric blue needles unique to the 'R' range. Vienna leather sports seats are available on both models and Recaro bucket seats can also be specified as an option on both the three- and five-door Golf R models.

Alongside the new addition to the Scirocco range, the power output in the 'standard' 2.0-litre TSI Scirocco GT has now been increased to 210 PS. This extra power reduces the sprint to 62 mph to 6.9 seconds for both the manual and DSG gearboxes, and top speed increases to 149 mph (147 DSG). Fitted with revised oil and cooling systems, the 210 PS unit also boasts improved fuel consumption of 38.2 mpg (was 37.2) and emissions of 172 g/km of CO2 (was 179) over the engine it replaces.

The first examples of Volkswagen's most powerful hatchback and coupe are expected to arrive in showrooms in February 2010. For more information, visit your local Volkswagen Retailer or www.volkswagen.co.uk

0-62 mph (seconds)

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Scirocco R

2.0-litre TSI 265 PS 6 spd manual




2.0-litre TSI 265 PS 6 spd DSG




Golf R

2.0-litre TSI 270 PS 3-door 6 spd manual




2.0-litre TSI 270 PS 5-door 6 spd manual




2.0-litre TSI 270 PS 3-door 6 spd DSG




2.0-litre TSI 270 PS 5-door 6 spd DSG




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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't we have the Scirocco in Canada?
      • 5 Years Ago
      @1:31 was that a "lets pull over and make out" wink?

      On another note, with the prices being shown something tells me that this car will not compete with the Evo and the STI in price. They will most likey scrimp on a few things for the US market if it comes here and we should expect a price of about 32,800 starting. Quote me on that!
      J. Fisher
      • 5 Years Ago
      The commercial is horrible it's as if two lovers are quarreling. However, the Scirocco R is nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make the Scirocco AWD as well and bring it here and I may for the first time ever in my life consider a VW!
        • 5 Years Ago
        the Audi S4 is the closest you will get I'm afraid. VW clearly hates the USA. The Routan is all the evidence I need to back up that statement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      as i mentioned earlier in my other posts. it will be super highly overpriced for no reason.. and guess what i was right. i'll take a 370Z or an EVO X please instead of this rip off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My neighbour drives a 2010 Scirocco 1.4 TSI black/black. That's a really nice car!


      the Scirocco was earlier on the market than the Forte ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes please,

      I'll take both!
      My wife and I are in need of two news cars, the Mk III and Mk IV and dying....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me the Scirocco over the Golf anytime. Yummy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @zamafir - which begs the question: why does VW need to offer both models?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I am... hmmm... make that was a die hard VW fan. But the new cars MkIV+ are to heavy, to bland in the styling department, and to under powered compared to the competition.

        However, send that Scirocco over here with a motor putting out 265+ hp to the wheels and I would buy it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JimBob - VW positions the Scirocco R as a competitor to the Focus RS and Megane 250 and is more raw (read: cheaper interior) and slightly better in the twisties than the Golf R. On the other hand, the Golf R is more about all around utility, more luxiriously appointed and straight-line AWD POWA acceleration in any weather.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Scirocco has long been a successful model in Euroland, not so much in the states.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously... why isn't it available here?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe i'm dense. What is the difference between these two besides the Scirocco being more handsome? The performance is so close in numbers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rocco is lower, wider and lighter, but has only FWD. The Golf has AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Berlin to Warsaw...in one tank heh heh. But that's the diesel version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its time to move to europe...
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