2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R review notes, pricing, specs, review, photos – Autoweek – Autoweek

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Driving the Volkswagen Scirocco R, one of rarest cars

Miles and his Blue Period. Photo by Z. Rong.

There is a 2.0-liter inline-four with 265 horsepower there somewhere. Photo by Z. Rong.

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Through a mystifying of events, we have driven one of the cars in America. This is the car of its kind here. To put it in perspective, are three times as many Veneno Roadsters soon to be this great nation of Each Veneno costs million.

And still, none be more rare than Scirocco.

Funny, that nobody really seems to

To the untrained eye it looks just a Golf — and, with the model’s ubiquity, it may explained why no one hooted and hollered, why pulled alongside waving phones. Bad for the ego, but good for safety. (Had we wanted genuine, nerdy attention, the trip to Irvine for Cars and would have yielded questions about the Scirocco for

It may be a Golf, but there are some subtle curves in here. The flow outward past the flowing and wide and sultry in a way never are. The roofline downward, past an upturned cutout that mimics the Scirocco.

There’s a small turn on the spoiler, above the hatch glass, that the ducktails of vintage Porsche (It’s offset, sadly, by humps that hide the hatch’s hinges — Volkswagen, those couldn’t been integrated cleanly?) is Volkswagen design at its best, and most rational, exactly a Golf should look when stripped of practical

The swooping roofline works, Kind of. Rear visibility a hit, understandably. But a 6-foot-3 friend rode shotgun as we across Los Angeles at night. is all the headroom anyone needs, he

The Golf is too tall. But this, is just fine for me. The rear offers plenty of headroom along with sculpted rests with real, padding that threatens to the rear buckets beyond cell. The seats themselves are sculpted, the bolsters coddling, and wide enough for American and alike. (With Germany being the fattest country in the EU. seats arrived just in

Driving the Scirocco is a delight, at a speed as befitting its looks. mph comes at around five turbo lag isn’t a technological to be slain but rather part of the R’s laughing, giggling experience. Yes, this is a car — on twisty roads, it the driver to turn off the stringent nannies, as it will plow and if harried.

Take off from an and the front axles clank and like they’re tearing asunder. The wheel hop is exacerbated by the that this Scirocco has hard-driven miles, every one a Mostly one told through and possible breakage.

The Scirocco — nay, deserves the Golf R ‘s excellent AWD

Being European, our car came the trick adaptive dampers, an of Volkswagen contention in the sense they’re absent from shores. Too expensive, say the product You know what? They may be

There are distinct differences Comfort, Sport, and Normal — Sport is rather while Comfort allows slack in body motions but all settings worked well for driving, and overall, they’re too to justify the equipment.

So why is this here? A few months ago, pulled the same game journalists and the Euro-only Golf GTD a diesel version of the GTI, with all of the latter’s spirited parts. Despite its Kermit-green nobody noticed that, But journalists loved it to ….

reviews from New Rochelle to Oaks! General consensus: is the Volkswagen we need! Lo and behold, suggest that nothing gets done in the automotive

At the unveiling of the seventh-generation Golf, North America announced yes! we will be getting the GTD.

Rather unsurprisingly, the and murmurs about the Scirocco been almost uniformly

And why not? Why not a Stateside Scirocco? It had name recognition on our shores. SRT boss Ralph Gilles his. for example).

VW already has the to foist upon Americans a Passat with less and more cost, labeling it the CC, as a nod to potential tastemakers.

Why not the same the Scirocco? I predict the following: will become so enamored our postulations that its executives burrow back into offices in Herndon, Va. Phone will be made with der . Angry words exchanged, translations forged.

Product planners will up at odd hours through the night. And an announcement — either a from now, in Los Angeles or or New York City: yes, the is coming to America, but not for two or three 2016?


That’s We can wait.

2013 Volkswagen R

Base Price . $38,720


Drivetrain: 2.0-liter I4; 6-speed dual-clutch automatic

265 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ rpm

Options: Dynamic Chassis ($1,370)

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