Volkswagen Scirocco

Volkswagen Scirocco

We don’t know what’s more impressive, the fact that the third-generation Volkswagen Scirocco rolled out its 100,000th model – it’s a Scirocco R 2.0 TSI with a Rising Blue Metallic exterior with a Titan Black interior - in VW’s plant in Portugal or that it did so without selling the car in North America and still pulled it off the feat in a little under two years.

Either way, the achievement is amazing on all aspects, especially when you take into account the fact that before returning to the market in 2008, the Scirocco model was sitting on the shelves for the better part of 16 years; ever since it was discontinued way back in 1992.

Today, the Volkswagen Scirocco has once again become one of the brand’s most important vehicles and you don’t need to look any further than the building of the 100,000th model of the third-gen vehicle to prove that the Scirocco has once again become a hot commodity from people interested in purchasing a VW.

Source: Volkswagen

You know what they say about racing games: it may look real, but unless you’re sitting behind the wheel of an actual race car, it’s far from feeling real.

Well, try telling that to these people. With apparently no shortage in technological smarts, these Finnish gamers were able to successfully plug a computer straight into a Volkswagen Scirocco ’s on-board computer. After installing a projector in front of the car, plus a few codebreakers here and there, the game was set to be taken for a test drive.

We don’t know how these guys were able to do it, but apparently, the whole thing pretty much involves the integration of the game’s steering wheel, pedals, and transmission into the Scirocco’s electronic system. The result, as you can see, certainly speaks for itself. In a nutshell, the Scirocco became a real-life controller, and if you’re on to know a thing or two about a car’s electonic capabilities, then you can probably wire up something like this in your garage.

Then again, it’s easier said than done.

Source: YouTube

Volkswagen will enter this year’s Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race with an improved version of the Scirocco GT24 CNG . There will be three Scirocco GT24 CNG entering the race during the weekend of May 12-16, 2010 and their improved state may help them do better than last year’s results of 40th and 49th place in the overall classification. We imagine they are more than hopeful in this year’s performance especially since they have boosted the cars involved from two to three.

All three cars are powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine powered by natural gas and delivering a total of 330 HP (an increase from 325 HP). The CO2 emissions has been reduced by 80%.

Compared to the 2009 model , the improved Scirocco features a larger braking system, two additional light units and a new active electro-hydraulic differential (just for one of the three cars).

How would you like to see, or better yet drive, a Volkswagen Scirocco that can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.4 seconds and the quarter mile in 11 seconds? Yes, we are talking about a hatchback here. These amazing numbers were revealed by HPA Motorsport when they announced the Scirocco FT565.

The Canadian tuner announced the FT565 will use a twin-turbo 3.2 liter V6 engine with an output of 550HP and a peak torque of 813 NM (that’s more than impressive considering the most powerful Scirocco develops a total of 200HP).

Besides the engine upgrade, HPA Motorsport will also offer new brakes (to handle stopping that excessive power) and 19" wheels.

Why they would put that much power in a hatchback astounds us too. The Volkswagen Scirocco even outperforms the Ford Focus RS500 , the newly unveiled BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo , and the Audi A3 Sportback . Looks like soccer moms will be adding some speed to the dropoff.

Stay tuned for more details.

24 March 2009: B&B unveiled the first tuning package for the Volkswagen Scirocco that updated the engine’s power to 350 HP. Today, exactly a year after the tuner raised the maximum power with another 12 hp.

The new tuning package is available in three power stages: 310, 324 and 362 hp, depending on customer’s wishes. Depending on the stage the Scirocco uses: an upgraded turbocharger, a high performance cooling system, a sport exhaust system with high performance sports catalysts and an ECU upgrade. The 362 hp version makes the0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.9 seconds while top speed is raised to 175 mph.

The car’s ride has been lowered by 30mm and new 19 or 20" wheels in double spoke design are also offered.

For 2010 the German automaker will offer the fresh Scirocco sports car with a new entry level engine: a 1.4 Liter TSI power plant pumping out a very economical 122 HP. The small displacement TSI unit develops 115 HP and 147 lb-ft of torque channeled through a six speed manual gearbox. The entry level Scirocco will accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in a rather reasonable 9.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 124 MPH. The new Scirocco will include items like a six CD autochanger with iPod input, rain and dusk sensors, a multifunction computer, air conditioning and 17 inch Donington alloy wheels as well as a host of safety features including ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilization Programme) and six airbags all as standard equipment. The new Scirocco 1.4 TSI will retail for £18,860.

Press release after the jump.

Volkswagen revealed today the R version of the Scirocco sports car. Based on the Scirocco GT24, the R version adds - compared to a standard model - large air intake openings in the front bumper, integrated front spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, roof edge spoiler, a striking shining black diffuser, the chrome tailpipes of the dual exhaust system and 18" alloy wheels.

Volkswagen Scirocco R

Volkswagen Scirocco R is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 l TSI engine that delivers 265 PS and 350 NM of torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a DSG one. The sprint from 0 to 62 mph will be made in about 6,5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The car will make its first debut during the 24- hour race at Nurburgring. Sales in Europe will begin in September.

Press release after the jump.

The Volkswagen Scirocco is the most stylish hatchback to come from the Wolfsburg design studios, and with a 2.0 Liter turbocharged version scheduled to arrive sometime in the near future, the 21st century Sky Rocket is only going to become even more of a sought after performance machine. But until that happens the British tuner APS has a very green solution for you with their Stage One kit consisting of an ECU upgrade for the TDI powered Volkswagen Scirocco .

Volkswagen Scirocco by APS

The simple and straightforward computer re flash brings the diesel burning boosted four cylinder’s output up to 170 HP and 292 lb-ft of torque for only £499. Being an alternatively fueled vehicle, the TDI Scirocco’s range is unparalleled compared to the future gas powered GTI engined Scirocco. Although the tuned TDI might be down a few ponies compared to the TFSI version but because it’s a diesel it will have way more torque, however getting 55 MPG might just make up the difference.

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Terence 6

As part of an automotive manufacturer’s vast list of responsibilities they must pick and choose what cars they want to sell in what markets, unfortunately sometimes this means that certain regions are deprived of some outstanding automobiles. In this case we are talking about the Volkswagen Scirocco, the VW sports car hasn’t been sold in the U.S. since 1988 and is currently a dedicated Euro only model.

Koni Scirocco at the 2009 SEMA Show

However like most things in car culture, leave it up to the aftermarket to make the impossible come true. Like when the Netherlands based high performance shock absorber manufacturer with subsidiaries around the world brought a modified VW Scirocco wearing a set of stylish 19 inch BBS rims stateside to the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Only after seeing the sports coupe in person can you fully appreciate the cars all new curves and haunch rear end, now we know why Volkswagen of America is a bit hesitant to bring the car to the U.S. because after seeing the new car in person, we would be hard pressed to pick the Golf as our Volkswagen of choice, especially after you have a gander at the even more powerful Scirocco R .

The German automaker Volkswagen stuck a chord with long time enthusiasts when they brought back the classic Scirocco sports coupe, and it is no wonder because the car features a sleeker shape than the hot hatch GTI and an even sportier front end. The only thing that the GTI has on the new Scirocco is its wonderful 2.0 Liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. However that is going to change soon because VW is going to equip both the new Scirocco and Eos with the same 210 HP TSI power plant that will bring the Sky Rocket’s 0 to 60 MPH sprint down to just 6.9 seconds, however we aren’t sure if it will make the new Scirocco get to the U.S. any faster.

Press release after the jump.

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