CEO of VW Group of America wants the Scirocco in the United States

Article by Christian A., on April 9, 2012

It seems that the Volkswagen Scirocco still has some chances to make it to the United States and the latest man (and one of the most important) is Jonathan Browning, CEO of VW Group of America. Browning said in an interview at the New York Auto Show that he is trying to bring the Scirocco to the United States as the stylish coupe is a piece of the lineup that he would dearly love to see there (U.S.).

Still, if the Scirocco will make it to the U.S. this will happen in when the facelifted version will arrive. This will be the same move made by Bmw with the X1, which arrived in the United States after it received a facelift. For those who don’t know, the Scirocco was last sold in the U.S. back in 1988. In Europe, the new Vw Scirocco made its debut in 2008 and despite the financial crisis, the car was a success.

Besides the Vw Scirocco, Browning and top marketer Tim Mahoney also dropped hints about VW lineup plans and both pointed to the Alltrack Concept on display at the VW stand. If it arrives in the United States, this vehicle will take on cars such as the Subaru Outback.

It has been a year since Volkswagen released to the market the third generation of the Scirocco. During this same period, the model has also managed to achieve a dual victory at the Nürburgring track.

There is no doubt then that the latest R-version is turning out to be the most powerful production model of the Scirocco. This new model is fitted with the turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter gas-powered engine, which the brand calls internally as EA 113. As a result, it is able to achieve 97.5 kW, or 132.5 PS for every liter of displacement. This, and a host of other factors, has resulted in the four-cylinder in-line engine of the Scirocco R achieving four "Engine of the Year" honors.

It’s not surprising as the turbocharger results in torque going as high as 1.2 bar boost pressure. The engine itself has a total weight of 152 kilograms and is electronically controlled with the engine management having E-gas. In addition to being more powerful, the pistons of its four cylinders have bolts that offer higher strength. Even the connecting rods were made to be stronger.

Thus, it is able to channel the high torque to the model’s crankshaft. Further, the cylinder block was strengthened as well, given that there are robust engine forces created. One reason why the engine is able to deliver dynamic performance is because the brand has managed to make it smaller.

Indeed, similar to TSI engines in the market, the one in the R-version manages to offer the power resulting from engine boosting with the efficiency delivered by direct injection.

This is possible despite both the number of cylinders and engine displacement reduced with the engine measuring 1,984 cubic cm. Compared to other six-cylinder engines inside many VW Golf R32, this four-cylinder version has extra 15 PS of power and additional 30 Nm of torque . For the TSI 2.0-liter engine in the Scirocco R, maximum power has been measured to be 265 PS and available at 6,000 rpm.

Maximum torque meanwhile is 350 Nm and possible from 2,500 rpm and up to 5,000 rpm. Thus, engine response is more agile allowing it to immediately get torque at once no matter what the speed range is. In addition, the sound output of the engine helps highlight the power developed. Looking at the exhaust system, it is clear it follows a double-flow system configuration. Oval tailpipes, in chrome, start from the bumper and extend outwards with one placed on the left and the other on the right.

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