Volkswagen Scirocco

Volkswagen Scirocco

One of the most talked about sports cars of the year was finally revealed a month ago, and since then, it’s been popping up everywhere, including in the popular racing franchise, Gran Turismo.

For fans of Gran Turismo 5, the thought of finally getting behind the wheel of a Toyota GT 86 is certainly worth the $3.99 price tag attached to the second round of downloadable content for the game.

Polyphony is set to release a Car Pack 2 program and Update 2.02 through the PSN Network just in time for Christmas. For the former, that means you can finally play a slew of new vehicles in the game, including the 2011 Mini Cooper S, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf VI R , the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R , and the 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition R35 . Other fixes and improvements that are part of the Car Pack 2 program include the ability to change wheels on Standard cars, free coupons that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto. The CP2 pack also allows you to see how the oil changes, aerodynamic parts, engine overhauls, and racing modifications will affect performance points and engine power in GT Auto. Meanwhile, in screens where the [Garage] and [Driver List] buttons are displayed in the A/B Spec events, Special Events, and Seasonal Events, pressing the ’square’ button will lead you to the [Garage], and pressing the ’triangle’ button will bring up the drivers list.

Then, there’s the Update 2.02, which is important to get as soon as possible if for only one - and only one - reason. By downloading the update, you finally get your hands on a 2012 Toyota GT 86 .

Last week we brought you news of the 2010 Race of Champions to be held at the Dusseldorf Football Arena this weekend. If you were still looking for a reason to get a ticket and check it out, here’s one more thanks to VW. The German manufacturer has confirmed their Scirocco R-Cup racer will be put through its paces by the world’s best drivers in head-to-head battle. It doesn’t get much better than that.

The entrance of the Scirocco R Cup car into the ROC is especially newsworthy simply because this will mark the first time a bio natural gas powered vehicle will make a run in the race. Bio natural gas is a 100% natural product created in Germany from biogenous waste materials and its use will reduce the vehicle’s CO2 emissions by 80%. The bio-CNG is a great way to power the Scirocco R Cup, but it would be nothing without pairing itself with the 2.0-liter four cylinder TSI engine to produce 275hp.

The 2010 Race of Champions will feature some of the most successful racers from around the world, but also some of the world’s most famous names: Sébastian Loeb (seven-time World Rally Championship winner and three-time Race of Champions ‘Champion of Champions’), Andy Priaulx (three time WTCC champion), Jason Plato (double British Touring Car Championship winner), Alain Prost (four-time Formula 1 world champion) and the German pairing of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher and the recently-crowned 2010 Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Press release after the jump.

The Touareg isn’t the only Volkswagen getting a little bit of rally flavor. The Volkswagen Scirocco has also received a rally car makeover in the form of the new Scirocco R Bio Power Rally Car. This new rally car was used as an opening car for the 2010 Germany Rally and was driven by WRC returnee Carlos Sainz (Spain) and Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) and the co-drivers Lucas Cruz (Spain) and Timo Gottschalk (Germany).

While the standard version Scirocco R is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 l TSI engine that delivers 265 PS and 350 NM of torque, the rally car is powered by a 2.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 275 hp and emits 80% less CO2 in comparison to a standard car. The sprint from 0 to 62 mph will be made in about 6.5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. The rally car also features a roll cage, racing tires, and a larger rear wing. In addition to these modifications, underbody protection was fitted for rally use.

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.


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