Are you looking for an athletically styled R-model that is not only fast and powerful but also clean and efficient? Then consider the Volkswagen Scirocco R, as conceptualized by Volkswagen Individual. At first glance, the Scirocco R definitely features a vaunted R-design.
With a weight of 1,344kg, Scirocco R features a front end that adheres to the "form follows function" design philosophy. Three large air inlets with large louvres in the customized bumper are not only integrated to provide the Scirocco R with a dynamic front fascia but are primarily designed for optimal cooling of the engine and brakes.
Standard LED daytime running lights are integrated to both right and left of the outboard air inlets. Scirocco R features a distinct high-end glossy black radiator grille bearing a new chrome R-logo design. Moreover, the front end of the VW Scirocco R is fitted with standard bi-xenon headlights with integrated indicator lights.
On the other hand, Scirocco R features a side profile highlighted by dynamically styled side skirts in body color and new 18-inch alloy R-wheels in "Talladega" style, featuring five sets of three spokes that are as graphically stunning as those found in the “Denver” wheels of the VW Golf GTI. If they want, customers can have the optional 19-inch “Talladega” wheels fitted on their Scirocco R. Complementing these wheels is the 17-inch braking system with glossy black calipers and R-logo.
The vehicle’s outside mirrors are also painted in glossy black. Featured on the rear of the Scirocco R is a remarkably large roof edge spoiler and a prominent glossy black diffuser in the lower bumper area in typical R-styling. The spoiler and the diffuser both work to reduce aerodynamic lift at the vehicle’s rear axle. Meanwhile, Scirocco R also sports double-flow exhaust system with two oval chrome tailpipes.
These tailpipes extend forward, left and right, between the black diffuser and the bumper. Likewise, the rear lights of the VW Scirocco R were granted a smoked tint. Beneath all these exterior elements is a core that powers the Scirocco R to its impressive potential.
While most R-models in the segment are powered by six-cylinder engines, Scirocco R is driven by the award-winning turbo-boosted four-cylinder 2.0 liter TSI with 97.5 kW /132.5 PS per liter displacement.
This turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine develops up to 265 PS of output at 6,000 rpm and up to 350 Nm of torque is available between 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. These figures mean a very responsive engine, as it could freely muster the needed torque in practically any speed range.
Moreover, the power churned out by the 2.0 liter TSI engine is further emphasized by its remarkably dynamic acoustic output, enhanced by a double-flow system exhaust system. While the four-cylinder 2.0 liter TSI is smaller compared to the six-cylinder engine of the last Golf R32, it offers higher power and torque but lower fuel consumption thanks to technologies like engine turbo-boosting and direct injection.
In fact, the 1,984 cc 16-valve, four-cylinder engine TSI engine develops 15 PS more output and 30 Nm more torque than the Golf R32’s six-cylinder powerplant. Likewise, the 2.0 liter TSI engine consumes just an average of 8.1 liters per 100 kilometers of driving, corresponding to average carbon emissions of 189 g/km.
When this engine is mated to the optional Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), it just consumes 8.0 liters of fuel per 100 km of driving and emits 187 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven. The 152kg 2.0 liter TSI engine develops its torque through a turbocharger (up to 1.2 bar boost pressure) with intercooling.
This unit, which has won “Engine of the Year” four times, is controlled via a fully electronic engine management deal with E-gas. This version of the TSI features pistons with higher strength bolts and stiffer connecting rods for more reliable transmission of torque to the crankshaft. VW also reinforced the cylinder block to match the forces the engine generates. All these core elements contribute to Scirocco R’s scintillating road performance.
Performance-wise, Scirocco R could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds and sprint from nil to 1,000 meters in 25.6 seconds. It could go from 80 km/hr to 120 km/h (in fifth gear) in just 5.5 seconds, proof of the instantaneous torque released by the engine. Scirocco R has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h at 6,320 rpm.