Volkswagen Scirocco R prices announced
hatch for 2012
13th September, 2011
Scirocco R finally set for Australia
22nd June, 2011
27th September, 2011
Volkswagen Group Australia has announced the pricing* structure
of the Scirocco R which is due for release, locally, in early 2012.
Power: 188 kW. Character: sports coupe. Handling: just like it should be. Fun factor: maximum. The four-seat
coupe is ideal as both a dynamic performer and economical companion on the roads of everyday life. Always
on-board as standard equipment: the XDL Extended Electronic Differential Lock – first introduced on the Golf GTI
– providing optimal traction properties and driving enjoyment.
R – CONCEPT
The Volkswagen Scirocco R – conceptualised by Volkswagen R GmbH – is an impressive performance package with a
brilliant engine and chassis, unique looks, exclusive features and shares a power plant with the Golf R, a
four-cylinder in-line turbo direct-injection petrol engine. It features: high power and torque values with
minimum fuel consumption. On average, just 8.1 litres of fuel flows to the combustion chambers via direct
injection per 100 kilometres. That corresponds to CO2 emissions of 189 g/km – top values for a fast sports
car. And equally as impressive: when driven with the optional Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), these values are 8.2
litres and 192 g/km. Note: figures based on the "combined cycle".
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R – HISTORY – The Scirocco Story
As the end of the 1960s approached, so did the end of the golden years of the Volkswagen Beetle. As part of
the development of the Golf I, no less a designer than Giorgio Giugiaro drew up a nippy and sporty 2+2 coupé
that was presented to the public in Geneva in 1973. The Scirocco was the first front-wheel drive coupé from
Volkswagen and it appeared in 1974 just ahead of the Golf I. The sports coupé not only offered a sporty
alternative to the Golf I, but was also affordable.
Scirocco I (type 53)
- Production from March/April 1974 to April 1981
- 504,153 vehicles
- Design: Giugiaro
- Development and production: Karmann, Osnabrück
- Technical basis: Golf I Initial engines 50 / 70 / 85 PS (four-cylinder)
Scirocco II (type 53/2)
- Technical basis: Golf I
- Production from April 1981 to September 1992
- 291,497 vehicles
- Design: Herbert Schäfer (Volkswagen)
- Production: Karmann, Osnabrück
- Initial engines 60/70/85/110 PS (four-cylinder)
R – DRIVE
To attain the very high specific power in the 2.0 TSI (94 kW per litre displacement), Volkswagen decided on a
turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine.
More dynamic performance by clever downsizing:
Like all TSI engines, the R-version combines the efficiency of direct-injection with the power of
turbocharging. The 1,984 cm 16-valve, four-cylinder engine develops a maximum power of 188 kW at 6,000 rpm. Its
maximum torque – a hefty 330 Nm – is available over an immense range of engine speed: 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. This
makes for agile responsiveness of the engine, which is able to summon torque at practically any speed range. The
engine’s acoustic output impressively underscores its special kind of power development. The exhaust system
itself is designed as a double-flow system. Dual oval chrome tailpipes extend out from the bumper.
The engine is controlled by fully electronic engine management with E-gas. The pistons of the four-cylinder
have higher strength bolts. The connecting rods were also designed to be stronger to reliably transmit the
engine’s high torque to the crankshaft. The cylinder block itself is reinforced due to the tremendous engine
forces that are generated.
All of this has a highly dynamic effect:
The lightweight 1,351 kilogramme (DSG - 1,371 kg) Scirocco R offers dynamic performance. It is precisely this
type of driving, with the sensation of a build-up to maximum torque that is “felt” right from idling, which
distinguishes this sports coupe. It is a cruiser for every road and day of the year. Yet, those drivers who
downshift and unleash the car’s power at full throttle awaken a second side of the Scirocco R: a car with motor
sport 'DNA' that sprints from rest to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. Top speed: electronically limited to 250 km/h (at
Also available with an optional dual clutch transmission (DSG) providing an even faster sprinting Scirocco R:
the 100 km/h mark drops down to 6.0 seconds. As is so often the case with a DSG, gains in dynamic performance
(and comfort) are by no means purchased at the expense of fuel efficiency or emissions.
R – CHASSIS
The Scirocco R is available with a specially tuned sport chassis and XDL (Extended Electronic Differential
Lock) as standard equipment. The latter refers to a functional extension of the electronic differential lock
(EDL) that is integrated in the ESP system and limits any type of traction loss.
XDL compensates for understeer:
As soon as the intelligent electronics detects unloading of the front wheel at the inside of a curve in fast
driving, the ESP hydraulics apply braking pressure at the specific wheel to restore optimal traction. So, XDL
serves as a transverse differential lock to compensate for the typical understeer of front-wheel drive cars in
fast cornering. The driving behaviour of the agile Scirocco R is made significantly more precise and neutral
thanks to the sophisticated XDL.
Chassis lay out:
In front, the Volkswagen Scirocco R has a MacPherson strut type suspension for precise tracking and balanced
comfort properties. In the rear, a four-link suspension convincingly meets the challenge of achieving a sporty
yet comfortable chassis tuning.
Adaptive Chassis Control optimally resolves the dilemma between comfort and dynamics:
The Scirocco R is fitted with Volkswagen’s innovative Adaptive Chassis Control as standard equipment. This
system continually adjusts damping of individual wheels to roadway conditions based on signals from three body
sensors and displacement sensors at each wheel.
During acceleration, braking and steering processes, chassis damping is stiffened in fractions of a second to
optimally meet the vehicles dynamic requirements. By making these automatic adjustments, Adaptive Chassis Control
significantly increases driver comfort in situations where dynamics are less challenging, resolving the conflict
in goals between a stiff sporty tuning and a comfortable one. Besides the “Normal” mode, the driver can also
choose the “Sport” or “Comfort” mode.
Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels (“Talladega” type) with size 235/35 R19 tyres. This
wheel/tyre combination supports the maximum attainable lateral vehicle dynamics of this coupe.
Advanced braking system for maximum deceleration:
The braking system has been specifically designed to handle the Scirocco R’s higher level of driving
performance. That is why a 17-inch system is used; this enables impressive braking performance with ventilated
discs and R-specific brake callipers painted in glossy black on all four brakes. In front, the discs are vented
and have a diameter of 345 mm x 30 mm, in the rear; brakes are measured at 310 mm x 22 mm. The Electronic
Stabilisation Programme (ESP) has been exclusively designed for this vehicle. A “Sport” mode can be selected by
pressing the ESP button located in the centre console. This makes the ESP respond later in very fast driving on
roads with lots of curves – e.g. on a race course – for even more agile handling properties. In parallel,
Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) is completely deactivated when ESP “Sport” mode is selected.
The electro-mechanical power steering of the Scirocco R was also specifically tuned for this model.
Safety equipment fitted as standard:
Six airbags, side impact protection in the door, front safety optimised head restraints, front seat belts with
pretentions and belt force limiters, ABS and EBD, Hill Start Assist and ASR.
R – DESIGN
The front end design reflects the motto “form follows function”; it integrates three large air inlets with
large louvres in the bumper customised for the Scirocco R, which engineers designed for optimal cooling of the
brakes and engine. Integrated to the right and left of the outboard air inlets are the standard LED daytime
running lights. The narrow, unique radiator grille is styled in a high-end glossy black. Here (as on the rear
gate) the Scirocco R can be identified by the R-logo design in chrome on a black background. Meanwhile, providing
for the illumination of the roadway, are standard Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated indicator lights.
Rear end with double-flow exhaust system:
The rear image of this car is dominated by a considerably larger roof edge spoiler and a prominent glossy
black diffuser in the lower bumper area that shows typical R-styling. Both of these components – diffuser and
roof edge spoiler – reduce aerodynamic lift at the rear axle. Stylistically, the oval chrome tailpipes of the
double-flow exhaust system are harmoniously integrated into the overall rear section design. In addition, the
rear lights of the Scirocco R are smoke tinted. The Scirocco R also comes with rear parking distance sensor as
The side view is characterised by powerfully styled side skirts painted in body colour as well as “Talladega”
style alloy R-wheels in 19-inch format. The milled, polished wheels have five sets of three spokes that are
visually unique and offer a very attractive look at the large braking system with its glossy black calipers and
R logo. Like the brake callipers, the outside mirrors of the Scirocco R are always painted a glossy black,
independent of the body colour.
R – INTERIOR
The interior of the Scirocco R presents an altogether refined appearance. As is typical of all R-models,
special interior accents, sport seats and numerous other dynamic features are applied, and included as standard
equipment. Details of the features of the Scirocco R:
- Sport seat system with seat covers in “Kyalami” fabric weave (named after the race course in South Africa),
with R-Logo on the front head restraints in “Art Grey”. Inner surface of contoured seat side supports has crystal
grey “San Remo” microfibres.
- Unique aluminium decor inserts in the instruments with R logo. High-gloss black accents in the centre console
area, door handles, gearshift grip, air vents and steering wheel spokes.
- Hand brake grip and gearshift trim in leather, with “Art Grey” decorative seams.
- Floor mat inserts “Art Grey”.
- Aluminium tread plates with R-Logo worked in.
- Instruments with white backlighting and blue pointers.
- Three-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel, flatbottomed, in R-design (three spokes, perforated
leather in upper and lower third, grip recesses right and left), with “Art Grey” decorative seams, R-logo in the
lower steering wheel spoke and multifunctional keys in the steering wheel’s cross spokes. When the Scirocco R is
ordered as a DSG version, the steering wheel is equipped with shift paddles.
R – EXTRA FEATURES
The Scirocco R sports a very extensive list of features. Standard features include six airbags, ESP with
countersteering assist, electro-mechanical power steering, LED daytime running lights, central locking with
remote control and electric windows, to name just a few details. The following extra functional features are also
- Bi-Xenon headlights including static curve lighting, dynamic headlight levelling control, headlight cleaning
system and warning lamp for low washer fluid level
- Automatic climate control (“Climatronic”) with separate left and right controls, plus automatic recirculation
- “RCD510” Radio-CD touch screen system (4 x 20 Watt) with eight loudspeakers, six disc CD changer, MP3 playback
function with title display and AUX-IN multimedia socket in the centre console
- Light and Sight package with two lights in the front footwells, automatic running light switching (including
“Coming home” and “Leaving home” functions), automatically dimming rearview mirror and rain sensor
- Tyre pressure monitoring indicator
- LED daytime running lights
Scirocco R 6-Speep Manual $47,490*
Scirocco R 6-Speep DSG with Sport Mode and Triptronic Function - $49,990*
Dynaudio Excite premium audio system - $2,500*
RNS510 Satellite Navigation System - $1,100*
Panoramic glass roof - $1,800*
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory
charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are
subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.