Volkswagen Scirocco R: Local Launch

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Volkswagen Scirocco

R: Local

Precise handling

Potent delivery

Not so much

No leather

Thick pillars reduce

Boot release only via key fob

Filling a space that there?

Was there ever a need for Volkswagen to bring the performance 188kW Scirocco R to No, not really. The Golf GTI and Golf R been selling very in this country, with the Golf R now accounting for 10 per cent of Golf sales.

In retrospect pleased that Volkswagen did to finally import the Scirocco R, it’s one of the most engaging hot I’ve had the good fortune to

Powered by the same 188kW/330Nm four-banger as the all-paw Golf R, the R may be a front-wheel drive corner-meister. But it is lighter, faster and can hold corner speeds. Basically, it the Golf R in every way, for practicality.

The introduction of the Scirocco R has the end of the three-door Golf R, but it doesn’t a rocket surgeon to figure out was a good move. Simply Scirocco R is the new Volkswagen performance


— do you say to $50k?

Two models are offered, priced at under $50,000, to my mind represents decent We tested the cars on both the and racetrack and they didn’t a beat.

The six-speed manual sells for $47,490 and the six-speed (DSG) model chimes in at — a modest $2500 for what is arguably one of the best transmissions available in a mass car.

Both models come plenty of standard equipment; alloy wheels, LED daytime lights, xenon headlights dynamic levelling and corner six airbags, stability control, brakes, dual-zone climate CD-tuner with touchscreen USB port and MP3 playback and keyless Rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing are standard too.

Body-hugging seats are included in the package the centre console and steering have glossy piano accents that add subtle ambience.

There are only options available to prospective Panoramic glass roof Sat Nav ($2500) and the Dynaudio Excite audio ($1100). Leather is not

— Flashy front-drive

All local-spec VW Scirocco R models as standard with a neat system call XDL, or Electronic Differential Lock, basically brakes the inside wheel to limit understeer. It pretty well, as we discovered driving the car on twisting roads in rain.

Adaptive Chassis is also part of the Scirocco kit, which at the touch of a changes the damping rates of the absorbers to firm up or soften the and handling qualities of the car.

beneath the large 19-inch rims are four disc big 345mm rotors up front and discs at the rear. The electro-mechanical steering has been calibrated for a feel.

Peak power and of 188kW/330Nm is slightly down on European drivers get (195kW/350Nm) but the is no slouch. Volkswagen claims a sprint of 6.0 seconds flat but our rudimentary timing equipment a time slightly quicker that (5.9 seconds) using the brutally effective control with DSG.

The front wheels retain grip through first when using launch but the sleek Veedub accelerates nonetheless, snicking into gear with ridiculous Before you know it, you’ll at the magic tonne on the speedo.

the car can be frugal — Volkswagen an 8.2L/100km average on the DSG model we recorded a staggering 23.4L/100km a 200km stretch during our on the track.

While the Scirocco R is on the VW Golf platform, one of the fundamental between it and the Golf R is weight. The is 1351kg, a good 125kg than the 1476kg Golf R, and you can it in almost every dynamic Acceleration, cornering speed and are much improved on the Scirocco and it might miss out on an all-wheel setup, the weight difference than compensates.


Striking exterior, similar

Though aesthetics are always a thing, for mine the Scirocco R the nail on the head (don’t the original 1974 VW Scirocco was by Italian design guru Giugiaro). It has a low-slung stance, overhangs, an aggressively profiled and muscular rear haunches, all of communicate the car’s intent appealing to one’s eye. doors are a nice touch

The interior is a nice place to be, if you unfocus your gaze it and feels the same as Golf. a few token tweaks here and which tart up the cabin, as the comfortable sports seats, bottom steering wheel and black accents.

The door grab handles a unique triangular motif mimics the car’s wedge-like and there’s a few ‘R’ badges too.

The driver and front sit suitably low in the car which contributes to its attitude and, though a bit of fiddle to get into the pair of rear seats, they moderate leg room but cramped room. But if you’re in the market for a hot hatch, you probably won’t be too about back seat

Interestingly, boot space is than the Golf R — 292 for the Scirocco R versus the 275 litres.

Five-star performer

The Volkswagen R has been awarded a five-star rating by EuroNCAP, thanks to safety features being as standard.

Contributing safety include anti-lock brakes electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction stability control and six airbags front and rear passengers.

A pressure indicator is also of the package, as are seatbelt reminders.

— France versus

The Renault Megane RS 250 may not have on the radar as a competitor to the Scirocco R but after driving the Volkswagen I can that we’ll be organising a involving said cars.

rivals could include turbo versions of the Volvo C30 T5 and the Focus RS has the potential to be on outer of the radar too.

Better late than The Scirocco R’s Australian comes more than years after European got to sample the sleek German Why? Volkswagen Australia’s MD, Koeckler, explained it thusly:

In we started the initiation to get the Scirocco R the country. We wanted to have it year, but then there was a bit of limitation in the production and that make sense. We have to sure we have enough so we didn’t have the same we faced with the Polo

And that was the reason why we postponed it and did it in 2012.


— All the king?

First let me get the negatives out of the The A-pillars in the Scirocco R are thicker average, obscuring your somewhat, particularly when right hand bends. The are also chunky.

This rearward vision and makes virtually pointless.

There is no way for an to open the boot without the key fob which seems like a bit of an

Now, the good stuff. Scirocco R is a demon of a car, one surprised me with its resolve. The launch drive took us to the region in the North East of and the weather was foul, to put it bluntly.

rain, slick roads with leaf litter and but the Scirocco R exhibited excellent grip and an ability to get its power to the with effortless ease.

This is the most involving I’ve ever driven, It’s a car that seemingly around the driver and becoming an of one’s body. Indeed, has crafted a chassis that won’t quit, to quote Simpson, and one that encourages the to explore its performance threshold.

The is direct, the chassis communicative, the rich. On wet roads the car telegraphed when it was about to lose (which was rare) and almost the driver to test the lines of

A lot of cars would have in the inclement weather, but this front-wheel drive pocket maintained traction with ease. The harder I pushed, the impressed I became.

The XDL also a good job of keeping the front end in the direction the driver requests, eliminating torque steer and power delivery. Another is the stability control, which is unobtrusive. Even when starts tweaking the brakes and engine power, it never so with a heavy hand.

telling, however, was a day later we drove the Scirocco R on the race with not a cloud in the sky. the auto DSG Scirocco R was probably around the Winton circuit the manual version, the latter was involving. Overall however I the DSG is the better overall vehicle, urban driving with effort on the driver’s part.

The held up to repeated punishment they did begin to smoke heating up) and the levels of body through tighter corners minimal. I experienced lift-over on a couple of occasions, but unlike FWD cars where it surprises it was nice and predictable on the Scirocco, to its keen chassis and weight

Better yet, Volkswagen was enough to let us drive the Golf R with the Scirocco R. The verdict? wins, no contest.

It was faster in a line, maintained higher speeds and decelerated with resolve, much of which can be put to its 125kg lighter kerb

The Golf R felt lethargic in unable to power out of corners the same intensity (splitting between four instead of two can do that). While the Scirocco sometimes spin its inside exiting a tight corner, the never lost traction, but about the only area the Golf outperformed Scirocco. the Golf wasn’t as rewarding or as fun to flat-knacker; which is quite when you think about it.

wider, lighter and longer the Golf R, the Volkswagen Scirocco R is an competent driver’s car, one of the best front-drive hot hatches on the Ride quality is somewhat when punting around but when it drives this it’s a compromise I’m willing to accept.

But is ‘Rocco of the hill? I reckon it’s a contender for the crown. We’ll soon enough – the RS 250 awaits.

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Published. Thursday, 2 2012

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