Con­tin­u­ing to turn heads

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

THE ‘kerb ap­peal’ of Volk­swa­gen’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing Scirocco sports coupé has never been in doubt: the dis­tinc­tive sil­hou­ette and wide, low stance of this third gen­er­a­tion model – re­vealed just last year – con­tinue to turn heads.

Now Volk­swa­gen is boost­ing the Scirocco’s de­sir­abil­ity yet fur­ther with the UK launch of two spe­cial edi­tion ver­sions – both avail­able to or­der in deal­ers now – that add not only ex­tra style but also en­hance the four-seat coupé’s al­ready-strong value propo­si­tion.

The de­but of two new Scirocco Black Edi­tion mod­els: the Scirocco GT Black Edi­tion and Scirocco R-Line Black Edi­tion, sees the ad­di­tion as stan­dard of black painted al­loy wheels, a black painted con­trast roof, door mir­rors and rear spoiler, and 90% tinted rear win­dows. To­gether, they sig­nif­i­cantly en­rich the vis­ual ap­peal of this al­ready dy­namic-look­ing coupé.

The Scirocco GT Black Edi­tion boasts 18-inch Black Lis­bon al­loy wheels, while the R-Line Black Edi­tion ben­e­fits from arch-fill­ing 19-inch Black Lugano al­loy wheels. Priced from £23,135 (RRP OTR) for the GT Scirocco Black Edi­tion 1.4-litre TSI Blue­Mo­tion Tech­nol­ogy – a pre­mium of £550 over the equiv­a­lent GT and R-Line trims – the new mod­els of­fer great value for money, too. As an ex­am­ple, the 18-inch Lis­bon al­loy wheels alone would oth­er­wise be a £610 op­tion on the GT trim, while the cars’ 90% tinted win­dows are a £70 op­tion.

The third gen­er­a­tion Scirocco made its global pub­lic de­but at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in March 2014 – 40 years af­ter the orig­i­nal de­buted – and comes with a range of ad­vanced en­gines that of­fer up to 280 PS yet also prom­ise both im­pres­sive per­for­mance and fuel ef­fi­ciency.

Un­der the Scirocco’s pur­pose­ful bon­net lies one of six tur­bocharged direct-in­jec­tion petrol or diesel en­gines, all of which meet EU6 emis­sions stan­dards and re­turn be­tween 67.3 and 35.3 mpg.

Ev­ery model in the range ex­cept the R fea­ture Blue­Mo­tion Tech­nol­ogy ad­di­tions, mean­ing they come as stan­dard with Stop/Start and brake en­ergy re­cu­per­a­tion sys­tems.

In new GT Black Edi­tion and R-Line Black Edi­tion guise the petrol range com­prises a 1.4-litre 125 PS or a 2.0-litre 180 PS unit while two diesel en­gines, both 2.0-litre, of­fer ei­ther 150 PS or 184 PS. The 1.4-litre TSI comes with a six-speed man­ual gear­box, while all other en­gines are fit­ted with a stan­dard six-speed man­ual gear­box or the op­tion of a six-speed DSG gear­box.

Per­for­mance over the 0-62 mph sprint ranges from 9.3 sec­onds to 5.5 sec­onds, de­pend­ing on en­gine and trans­mis­sion choice, while top speeds, where le­gal, range from 126 mph to 155 mph (lim­ited). Stan­dard equip­ment across the en­tire Scirocco range in­cludes the Com­po­si­tion Me­dia sys­tem with 6.5-inch colour touch­screen, Blue­tooth tele­phone and au­dio con­nec­tion, DAB dig­i­tal ra­dio re­ceiver, MDI (Multi De­vice In­ter­face) via USB con­nec­tion, SD card reader and sin­gle CD player along with air con­di­tion­ing; au­to­matic head­lights and wipers and a mul­ti­func­tion leather-cov­ered steer­ing wheel (with pad­dleshifts on DSG mod­els).

Volk­swa­gen Scirocco GT Black Edi­tion and R-Line Black Edi­tion mod­els are avail­able to or­der now, with first reg­is­tra­tions due in Jan­uary 2016.

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