Volkswagen's reborn Scirocco sports car is at last on sale in Australia, hitting showrooms in the top-shelf R specification this week.
Of course, with pricing and specifications revealed some months ago, you can consider this a public service announcement. (And if you were super keen, you might have picked yours up already.)
Driven by the same 188kW and 330Nm turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that motivates the Golf R, the Scirocco slips in between the top Golf and the GTI, effectively replacing the three-door version of the Golf R.
While the newest R car goes without an all-wheel-drive system, Volkswagen's Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) is fitted as standard equipment (unlike the Golf R), offering continuous sensor-driven damping adjustment.
An electronic brake-based pseudo-LSD keeps wheelspin in check and helps reduce understeer, while the Scirocco R's MacPherson struts and multi-link rear suspension is augmented by the ACC system.
The Scirocco R's 145kg lighter kerb weight might help its 'chuckability' but deleting the AWD slows it marginally away from the line. VW says the Scirocco R will hit 100km/h in 6.2 seconds in manual form, and 6.0 seconds with the six-speed DSG automatic transmission.
By comparison, the all-paw traction of the Golf R gives the five-door hatch a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds in manual form, and 5.7 seconds with the auto.
Without the weight and drag of the AWD system however, the Scirocco R boasts marginally better fuel consumption figures than the Golf R. Both versions of the Scirocco R list figures of 8.1 l/100km on the combined cycle, compared to 8.7 for the Golf.
Braking is managed by vented 345x30mm discs at the front, and 310x22mm at the rear. The standard 19-inch wheels - (the same "Talladega" wheels as featured on the Golf R) are wrapped in 235/35 tyres all round.
While we don't get the regular Scirocco models in Australia, the R features the usual upgrades: larger air intakes in the front bumper, and an enlarged rear wing above the rear window.
A blacked-out diffuser panel is fitted in the rear bumper, flanked by a pair of chrome exhaust tips.
Inside, microfibre-trimmed sport seats feature, along with the same flat-bottomed leather-rimmed steering wheel featured across the brand's performance range.
Piano-black accents and aluminium trim appears throughout the Scirocco R’s cabin, and DSG-equipped models also benefit from the familiar wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Other standard features include LED daytime running lights, Volkswagen's touch-screen audio system and tyre pressure monitoring.
- 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R - six-speed Manual - $47,490
- 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R - six-speed DSG - $49,990
- RNS510 Satellite Navigation System $2,500
- Dynaudio Excite premium audio system $1,100
- Panoramic glass roof $1,800
Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.