Volkswagen’s R siblings ready to order

Volkswagen Scirocco R

European readers delight, you can now order the hottest new R models in Volkswagen’s lineup—the front-wheel drive 195kW Scirocco R and the all-wheel drive 199kW Golf R.

German pricing for the Scirocco R starts at €33,475 (AU$54,500 on current exchange rates), with the Golf R a few grand more at €36,400 (AU$59,200). To put that in some perspective an Audi S3 retails for €37,650 in Germany.

The good news for Aussie readers is that we should be able to get our hands on the Golf R in June 2010. Sadly, though, as many of you are aware, the Scirocco (in any form) looks to be a pipe dream for Australian buyers. Although, if you’re an eternal optimist, like me, you still haven’t given up hope that, maybe, this top of the line Scirocco might find its way to Australian shores.

In other news concerning the Scirocco R, its recent iPhone app knocked up more than 1 million downloads in less than a month. Very loosely based on the Scirocco R’s exploits at the Nürburgring 24 hour race the game reached the number 1 app spot in 32 countries around the world.

Volkswagen Golf R

Golf R and Scirocco R top models now available to order

  • The most dynamic Golf ever consumes 21 percent less
  • Scirocco R: after successes on the track, now also at dealerships
  • R Line equipment for the sporty outfit
  • 1 million downloads of Scirocco R 24h Challenge for the iPhone

Wolfsburg, 15 October 2009 – Volkswagen are proving that fuel consumption can be reduced even in the sporty high-end class with the 199 kW / 270 PS strong Golf R, which is now available to order. Thanks to a turbocharged high-tech TSI engine, it uses only 8.5 litres – 2.2 litres or 21 percent less than its predecessor.

In place of the six-cylinder engine, which has been typical in this class up to now, the new R models use turbocharged 2-litre, four-cylinder TSI engines. The four-wheel drive Golf R (350 Newton metres of torque at between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm) sprints to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds (5.5 seconds for the Golf R DSG) and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Two of the many visually distinguishing features of the completely individualized, exceptional Golf are LED headlights and newly developed LED rear lights. The Golf R is available to order in Germany from €36,400 (Germany).

The Scirocco R is an equally exceptional powerhouse with its sharp 2.0 TSI engine, front-wheel drive, unique look and exclusive equipment. Output: 195 kW / 265 PS. Advantages: High performance and torque values with significantly reduced fuel consumption. An average of merely 8.0 litres (DSG) of Super Plus per 100 kilometres flow into the combustion chambers via direct injection, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 187 g/km – the best possible value for a 250 km/h (electronically limited) fast sports car. Eagerly anticipated following its successes at the Nürburgring 24-hour race, the model is now at dealerships from only €33,475 (Germany).

For all of the customers who wish to have especially dynamic bodywork and interior design in the spirit of the enhanced version of the R models, but a petrol or diesel vehicle with less power, the finishing specialists at Volkswagen Individual have designed the R-Line. The Golf R Line and Scirocco R Line can now also be ordered with exclusive features. These include distinctive 17-inch “Mallory” alloy wheels (18-inch optional), roof edge spoilers, R-designed bumpers, high-gloss radiator grill and a likewise black diffuser in the rear section. In the interior, sill panel strips show the R Line family resemblance. Sport seats in new design “Kyalami” with R Line logo in the headrests, a sport steering wheel, pedal covers and footrest in stainless steel round off the sporty image.

The Scirocco R is also successful in the virtual world. In just three weeks, the iPhone application Scirocco R 24h Challenge achieved over 1 million downloads. The high-speed racing game reached the App Store’s number 1 spot in 32 countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Norway, Japan, Poland, Portugal and Mexico, and is already Volkswagen’s second successful form of mobile marketing after the successful Polo Challenge at the beginning of this year.