CONFIRMED: Scirocco R coming to Australia

Volkswagen Scirocco R

Great news for fans of the Volkswagen Scirocco with confirmation today that the range-topping R version will launch in Australia early next year. Ahead of its local launch, the Scirocco R will be on display at this year’s Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne (1-10 July).

Proving that you have to give a little to get a little, Volkswagen will make space in its Australian product range by removing the three-door Golf R from its line up. While pricing details are yet to be confirmed, we can probably expect the front-wheel drive only Scirocco R to slot in under the $50K bracket. Currently the Golf R 3dr is priced from $48,490.

The Scirocco R uses the same 2.0 litre turbocharged motor found in the Golf R. It’s worth noting that the Scirocco R is more than 100kg lighter than the Golf R and its handling is said to offer a few more thrills as a result. In Euro markets the Scirocco R is rated at 195kW, however, we anticipate our warm climate will see that spec reduced to 188kW, as is the case with the Golf R and Audi S3.

Availability of the all-wheel drive Golf R 5dr will remain unaffected by the introduction of the curvaceous Scirocco.

We’re massive fans of the Scirocco here at AUSmotive and while we welcome this news with great anticipation we do wonder, three years after the Scirocco first launched overseas, if it’s all a bit too late? We’d love to hear what you think.

[Source: Drive.com.au | Thanks to Al for the tip]

UPDATE: Volkswagen has set up a web portal allowing people to register their interest in the Scirocco R.

Volkswagen Scirocco R

Volkswagen Scirocco R

Volkswagen Scirocco R

Volkswagen Scirocco R

Volkswagen Scirocco R

Volkswagen Scirocco R – Tech specs*

Engine type: 4-cyl. gasoline (TSI), 1,984 cm3

Max. power at speed (rpm): 195 kW / 265 PS at 6,000 rpm

Max. torque at speed (rpm): 350 Nm starting at 2,500 rpm

0-100 km/h: 6.5 s / 6.4 s**

Top speed: 250 km/h

Fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100 km / 8.2 l/100 km**

Length: 4,264 mm

Width: 1,810 mm

Height: 1,394 mm

Kerb weight: 1,333 kg / 1,353 kg**

Transmission: 6+R, manual / 6+R, DSG**

Drive axle: Front axle

Tires: 235/40 R 18

*European market specifications

**Indicates DSG transmission