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
This is the fastest, most hardcore Scirocco R ever. Put it this way, a Scirocco
is a hot wind, so this bad boy is pretty much what you get after a night on the
beer and a Chicken Vindaloo.
Sticking with Scirocco tradition, the R is front-wheel-drive only, but at least
the power will be tempered by the addition of the new XDS electronic diff as
fitted to the new Golf GTI. You can have a six-speed manual or a DSG, depending
on how involved you want to be with the driving experience. It’s a bit lower and
has beefed-up brakes too.
Most importantly, under the bonnet is the engine from the Audi S3, so it’s just
like the one in the normal car, but with uprated pistons, high-pressure
injectors and a bigger turbo to liberate 265hp and 350Nm of torque.
You can snap up a Scirocco R from September, with prices from around £26,000.
That makes it more expensive than a Ford Focus RS so it better be damn good.
Finally, we've got a more meaty VW Scirocco to lust after. This is the R version
and it sounds good. It ain't cheap though.