2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R Review: Car Reviews

17 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R Review: Car Reviews

More Than Just Hot Air


1. Scirocco R’s are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

2. Two six-speed transmissions are available, a traditional manual or a lightning-fast automatic.

3. The 2013 Volkswagen R is available with an optional Chassis Control (DCC) that allows the driver to how the car behaves on the road.

4. Base for an entry level Scirocco is 24,000 €, though the one to AutoGuide for testing cost $51,000!

Thankfully for the folks in a good vehicle can nullify a name, and one of their most products carries a Duesy of a The Scirocco is a sporty two-door that’s named after a wind of all things, a sultry that blusters its way out of the Sahara. Is VW as hot as the air current it’s named or is it just another wannabe car?


The Scirocco is an small car with a … and performance to match, especially in “R” It features a scowling face, low and tinted back windows, but rear fenders are probably its feature. They’re shapely and sticking out like a couple of

The Scirocco’s exterior design is than Jessica Alba’s … cheeks and every bit as eye

The current car was introduced to European back in 2009, where still on sale today. ago the boxy second-generation Scirocco was in North America but that’s no the case. The test model to AutoGuide was a straight-up Euro registered in Germany.

Comparisons Volkswagen’s other performance the GTI, are obvious. In reality no comparison because the Scirocco by a mile when it comes to ‘Roccos are almost 3 inches 1.3 inches longer and nearly 2 wider than a U.S.-spec Regrettably they’re also 90 pounds heavier, but you can’t win ‘em


The Scirocco’s flair fades slightly you slide inside, if only The overall layout is similar to people’s car models like the GTI and Eos hardtop convertible. In many this is an asset because are treated to premium materials and switchgear.

But still, something different might have nice, especially since the exterior is so exuberant.

Low-gloss, plastics abound. The headliner is of the variety and is unusually plush to the Textured aluminum trim up the dashboard while shiny accents add some pizzazz to the panels.

Aiding the driver is a instrument cluster. All the numbers are printed in a highly legible while standout blue indicate what’s going on. If test car’s German license plate didn’t its heritage the gauges surely

The speedometer is in kilometers per hour. good ole’ MPH is shown in the mounted digital display, prevents distracting mental while underway.

The seats are in cool-looking cloth.

The two-tone features a light-gray suede-like as well as grippy “Kyalami” that holds you in place an eagle’s talons.

Against all the Scirocco actually has a usable seat; real adults can in real comfort. There are amounts of head and legroom seating for two passengers. Another touch is the aft noggin-rests, which are in the middle, maximizing the view out the rear window.


Beneath the Scirocco’s low, hood rests a familiar of hardware. Volkswagen’s turbocharged four-cylinder is an impressive little In one form or another it powers from the GTI hatchback to the Tiguan to Audi’s luxurious A4 sedan, a splendid combination of performance and economy.

Exemplary refinement is an benefit and the engine is creamier Reddi-Whip straight out of the can. But any good story there’s a

Scirocco R’s get a special version of 1,984-cc powerplant. Naturally the variant features direct injection and an exhaust-driven blower, but really cranked up the burner and now the pot is to boil over. Horsepower in at an imposing 265 while the abundance of threatens to convert the drivetrain’s from functioning components metallic confetti.

A total of 258 lb-ft of twist are on tap just 2,500 RPM. are hefty increases compared to the 200 available in VW’s standard-issue

This is the sort of car that just encourage delinquent it demands it. If you’re not paying you’ll find yourself 50 miles an hour in a 35-zone, constabulary be-damned. The Scirocco R nudging you to go a little bit faster, a bit faster; it wants to run and you constantly to keep it in check.

The exhaust only exacerbates the temptation to like a fugitive. During up-shifts it thumps like a launcher, barking through the duet of generously portioned punctuating the rear valence. shiny steel is mildly from heat.

When it to sprinting it’s estimated the car rocket from zero to 100 an hour (62 miles an hour) in 5.8 seconds. Top speed is 155 MPH.

The car is with one of two six-speed transmissions. A manual is available, as is a technologically dual-clutch automatic. The tester to AutoGuide features Volkswagen’s DSG self-shifter.

It’s like warp-drive Star Trek, changing faster than a woman her mind. All that’s missing is Picard saying “Engage!”

All something like eight engines and three separate are on offer to Scirocco customers. The included thrifty, small-displacement powerplants and torque-rich diesels.

it comes to efficiency we didn’t do too with the R model. Driven enthusiasm, or as much enthusiasm as we the car averaged more than 24 per gallon; handled sensibly figure grew to 27.


Harnessing the engine’s prodigious is an equally capable chassis. The is still a front driver and are some inherent issues that configuration but in spite of it’s still pretty

Our tester was equipped with optional dynamic chassis a feature that at the touch of a dramatically changes how the car behaves. It drivers three modes: normal and sport.

The comfort allows the car’s suspension to and digest Michigan’s broken, pavement like a luxury The difference between it and sport is dramatic. As one might expect the mode hones everything to a edge, from the throttle to gear-changes to the ride quality; the stability control’s threshold up.

This setting really the car want to run. Normal is rather pointless; who wants to be in the middle?

Since the Scirocco R is a front-driver there’s a touch of steer during heavy the tiller quivers in your a small amount as the 18-inch tires (Conti Sport 5P, 235/40 ZR18) scratch at the in search of traction. There’s a touch of wheel-spin, though the controlled locking differential manage any unwanted rubber It’s curious that the system from the high-power R didn’t find its way under the

When it comes to driving the only thing worth about is the braking system. The are a bit on the touchy side and it’s to apply too much stopping resulting in mini whiplash as head goes flying they can also make a squealing sound when though the noise quickly away after one or two stops. The front rotors are augmented by out back.

The arrangement is probably for neutralizing Autobahn speed.


The Scirocco R is a treat for the eyes and a to drive. It’s fast, fun and beautiful, but now for some bad news. expensive and you can’t have so put your change purse In Germany, base price for an version is about 24,000 including the country’s 19 percent tax. The R model we tested around 38,500 €, including Mehrwertsteuer.

In ‘Murican money that’s $51,000! Obviously that’s money for a small car, and at price it seems unlike stylish coupe will make the trans-Atlantic trip unlikely but not impossible.

We reached out to North American public-relations to find out if they possibly, potentially be thinking about the car to U.S. customers. Mark Manager of Product and Technology at the company said “We don’t any plans to offer this generation Scirocco R in the U.S.… but we are to looking at future versions of the for this market.”

That decision has more to do with the itself than typical politics. Canned responses to like this are usually like “we don’t discuss vehicle plans” or “we don’t (product one) to cannibalize of (product two).” Apparently the has some nuts and bolts Gillies said “It’s not engineered for this market; it was.” Oh well; maybe get treated to the car next time

It’s a vehicle we’ll be waiting for.

Other articles of the category "Volkswagen":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Car Catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about cars