On the road to Scirocco

Volk­swa­gen fi­nally sees fit to give us its coolest car

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - Glenn But­ler

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.

Long awaited: 2008 VWS­cirocco coupe

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