The latest Volkswagen Scirocco debuted this morning at the starting line of the Nürburgring 24-hour race in Germany. The Scirocco R is immodestly called “a sports car without compromise,” a contention that will be tested by the race.
Nevertheless, R is without question the most powerful version of the Scirocco family, with its four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine rated at 195 kW or 261 horsepower and 350 Nm or 258 pound-feet of torque.
A six speed transaxle, or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, sends this impressive output toward the wheels. And an electronically-controlled differential, allegedly, keeps the front-wheel-drive pocket rocket pointed in the direction the driver wants even with all that torque. An electronically-controlled suspension also helps provide some additional stability.
The hottest Scirocco ever appears about a year after the debut of the third generation Scirocco, which is something of a cult car in Europe. In keeping with recent VW marketing practices, the third generation Scirocco isn’t available in the U.S. – even though the first two generations were here. With the Golf GTI coming and then a likely R version, it likely will never be here legally, but some creative types will no doubt find a way to get some in. (Do not attempt this in your home state.) (more…)