On the road to Scirocco
Volkswagen finally sees fit to give us its coolest car
THE Golf R’s days as Volkswagen’s hottest hatchback are numbered with the Scirocco coupe finally confirmed for Australia.
After more than two years of hopes and promises, VW Australia tells Carsguide the sleek Scirocco will hit showrooms in 2012.
‘‘ It’s been my ambition to bring Scirocco to Australia since I arrived. Australians will get their first chance to see the Scirocco in the metal at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne in July,’’ says Anke Koeckler, VW’s local boss since 2009.
Koeckler saysVWwill bring the Scirocco in the faster R spec only. Equipment levels and pricing are still being finalised, but Carsguide understands that specification will be similar to that of the Golf R and that the Scirocco will carry a price tag as low as $48,490.
Australian fans ofVW hot hatches have been crying out for the reborn Scirocco— a badge first seen in the 1970s— since it was launched in Europe in 2009.
‘‘ We have received a lot of requests for the Scirocco, so it’s great now to be able to do it,’’ Koeckler says. She says the challenge has been fitting it alongside the Golf range, one ofVW’s core local models.
The Scirocco shares its basic mechanical structure with the Golf but has unique and more visually aggressive bodywork. It is 67mm lower, 35mm wider and 36mm longer than the Golf three-door, is 67kg lighter than the all-wheel-drive Golf R and has a sportier suspension tune — all of which is said to endow it with more performanceoriented driving characteristics.
The Scirocco is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines in Europe but VWAustralia has only been interested in the GTI and R models, which share their 155kW and 199kW 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engines with Golf models. One area of difference is the way the Scirocco R and Golf R get their power down. The Golf R is an all-wheel-drive, while the Scirocco R is front-wheel-drive.
The Scirocco R has a green light, making the case for a GTI version of Scirocco too hard.
‘‘ The Golf GTI is a very successful model for us and it did not make sense to bring Scirocco GTI into that same space,’’ Koeckler says.
So Volkswagen is dropping the three-door Golf R model from its Australian range to make room for the three-door Scirocco R, which will come with a choice of six-speed manual or DSG transmissions.
Its engine will likely be detuned from 195kW to 188kW for local conditions.
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