Scirocco R 2.0 TSI DSG
hottest ever Scirocco
has arrived in the UK in
time for summer. With 0-62mph
acceleration in 5.8 seconds,
the R will guarantee a
whatever the British weather...
SCIROCCO R's heart is lighter, stronger and higher-boosted; its turbocharged
261bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine puts out 54bhp more than
the 'standard' 2.0-litre GT and can be mated to either a six-speed
manual or six-speed DSG gearbox.
The R's differential, suspension, brakes and steering are all uprated and together
ensure the R is very much a sports-focussed machine. Better still, the driver
can select chassis settings for comfort, normal or sport modes to really hone
the handling to suit.
Externally, the Scirocco R sports new front and rear bumpers, grille, side skirts,
mirrors, rear diffuser, wing and exhaust along with a set of distinctive wheels
created by Volkswagen's in-house R design team. Setting it apart from the standard
Scirocco inside are more sporting seats, a new steering wheel and trim detailing
such as white backlit dials with electric-blue needles.
The new VW Scirocco R costs £28,505 in manual form or £1,300 more with the DSG
twin-clutch automatic transmission. The standard equipment tally includes climate
control, powered door mirrors and windows, front and front-side driver and passenger
airbags, CD/RDS, power steering, ESP, alloys, etc. Desirable options include
19-inch Talladega wheels shod with 235/35 tyres (an extra £540), rear parking
sensors (£355) and a £1,295 voice-activated navigation and entertainment system.
R's engine note is slightly more obvious but it's nonetheless a pleasant one
and the character markedly changes as you depress the throttle to overtake.
engine mods have
made the Scirocco
without it becoming
either edgy or
gear changes come
quickly and cleanly
and there is no
interruption to the
Engine modifications have made the Scirocco R extremely responsive without it
becoming either edgy or temperamental.
Gear changes come quickly and cleanly and there is no interruption to the acceleration
thanks to the fluency of the six-speed DSG 'box that operates very smoothly
going up and down the gears.
Turning and slowing the front-wheel drive Scirocco R is accompanied by rapid
responses to wheel and pedal inputs but you never feel it's getting out of hand
and it always performed within its limits while suggesting there's still a lot
left in reserve.
The improved seats provide greater support and hold you very securely during
bouts of harder driving but despite the revised suspension and the firmer settings
it remains a very comfortable car to travel in. Access to the front seats is
very good although it's more tricky getting into the back pair.
Boot space is modest (312 litres; however with the two split/fold rear seats
down this increases to 1,006 litres) but easy to load and about my only criticism
is that the rearward and over-the-shoulder visibility is not at all satisfactory
the optional parking sensors really should be standard.
Coming in as the flagship of the Scirocco line, the £28,505 R version is undoubtedly
the best but there are less expensive models the range begins at just
under £19,000 for the 1.4 120bhp petrol and also includes a 207bhp GT. In fact,
the seven-strong line-up even has diesel derivatives priced from £21,355. With
striking looks, seriously sharp performance, proper comfort and enjoyable handling,
it's hard to say Nein to a Scirocco R. Robin Roberts
Volkswagen Scirocco R 2.0 TSI DSG | £29,805
Maximum speed: 155mph | 0-62mph: 5.8 seconds | Overall test MPG: 24.8mpg
Power: 261bhp | Torque: 258lb ft | CO2 187g/km