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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco

2009 Volkswagen Scirocco
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Volkswagen made today official the Scirocco, a model that started its history 34 years ago. Prices will start at €27,490 for the 1.4L TSI petrol variant with 120hp.

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With a length of 4.26 meters, the Scirocco is on par with the Golf. However, it is built significantly lower to the ground (1.40 meter) and is nearly as wide as the Passat (1.81 meter). Four adults can be seated with plenty of space inside. Once they are all aboard, the Scirocco provides 292 liters of cargo capacity; when the two seatbacks of the rear individual sport seats are folded down, capacity increases to a considerable 755 liters. This contemporary Scirocco demonstrates unfettered everyday utility, and it can be clearly recommended as a sports car for every day of the year.

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Providing for ample power on the Scirocco – which comes with ESP and sport chassis as standard equipment – are four TDI and TSI engines, all of them charged and therefore just as torque-strong as they are economical and low in emissions. The three TSI (gasoline direct-injection) output 90 kW / 122 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS. The Scirocco’s common rail engine (TDI) develops a power of 103 kW / 140 PS. The 122 PS TSI takes the car to a top speed of 200 km/h. This 160 PS TSI takes the Scirocco from rest to 100 km/h in 8.0 seconds; its top speed is 217 km/h. With the 200 PS engine, the Scirocco makes the 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and hits a top speed of 235 km/h.

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Oops! Volkswagen Scirocco Rolls 3 Times at the Nürburgring

Oops! Volkswagen Scirocco Rolls 3 Times at the Nürburgring

Luckily, the driver was okay

Understeer is a bitch. Oversteer? Give us loads of the stuff, because if you know how to counter steer, you can rotate the car just fine with the throttle. But understeer, that thing where the car doesn’t turn? It’s the stuff of nightmares, especially on a track as dangerous as the Nürburgring.

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Pour One Out For This Dearly-Departed Volkswagen Model

Pour One Out For This Dearly-Departed Volkswagen Model

German automaker is putting an end to the Scirocco

It probably lasted longer than it should’ve, but in the end, its time had finally come. The Volkswagen Scirocco is no more, ladies and gentlemen. It’s current form had a good nine-year run, but that run has come to an end after Car and Driver discovered that the German automaker had stopped taking orders for the sport compact coupe. There is, however, an unspecified number of models that are still in stock so if anybody’s keen on getting one before they’re all sold out, now’s the time to do it.

The status of the Scirocco shouldn’t have been in question to begin with. Despite its lack of fanfare, the sports compact coupe was as enticing an offering in its segment as any other model of its kind. But, the Scirocco never seemed to get out of the huge shadow cast by the vastly more popular Golf hatchback, which has become Volkswagen’s go-to front-wheel-drive vehicle. Compound the loss of appeal with Volkswagen’s idiotic Dieselgate scandal and the Scirocco suddenly became expendable in the eyes of the VW Group brain trust. So, is this the end of the Scirocco nameplate? It may as well be, although there’s a chance that the name could be brought back at some point in the future, albeit in a different package.

There have been rumors that VW was considering axing the current Scirocco and then bring back the name at a later date as part of its electric car lineup. It wouldn’t be too hard to imagine such a scenario happening and there have even been whispers that a Scirocco EV is already in the works with plans to fit it with a number of different output options, including a range-topping unit that produces 300 horsepower. Think what you will of the gossip, but rest assured, the current iteration of the Volkswagen Scirocco is all but retired. It had a good run, though, so raise those glasses and toast to the dearly departed FWD sports compact coupe. It’s been fun.

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2016 Volkswagen Scirocco R "Black Style"

2016 Volkswagen Scirocco R "Black Style"

New visual option makes the Scirocco R sexier than ever

Despite the whole Dieselgate scandal nonsense that has tarnished Volkswagen’s image, Volkswagen is a pretty likeable brand. The cars are reliable, offer decent performance in most cases, and as long as you don’t have to repair them yourself, they are a pleasure to own. The Scirocco is one of my favorite models in VW’s lineup, and it was refreshed for the 2014 model year. With the refresh, it got 18-inch wheels, a new front end, and a wider look thanks to some strategically placed body lines. The best part is in “R” form this baby comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter and a Haldex all-wheel-drive system.

Now for 2016, VW has announced a new package for the Scirocco R range, called the “Black Style.” The Black Style comes with a number of visual enhancements that gives the Scirocco an empowering appearance that just screams Beauty. In short, the package consists of a colored roof, a new set of wheels, and some new colors that makes the Black Style package the most attractive options for the Scirocco yet.

So with that said, let’s take a better look at the Scirocco R Black Style and see what all it brings to the table.

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2016 Volkswagen Scirocco Black Edition

2016 Volkswagen Scirocco Black Edition

There is something about the Volkswagen Scirocco that makes it really desirable, especially after the release of the third-generation model. Of course, this desirability doesn’t do much for those of us here in the U.S., as we’re not privileged enough for it to cross the pond – at least not yet. Even with the debut of the new generation happening just last year, Volkswagen felt it was necessary to extend the desirability of the Scirocco even further with the release of two special-edition models.

As the name implies, the Scirocco Black Edition and Scirocco GT Black Edition, both have a focus on black accenting – a feature that really adds to the appeal of the already sporty sports coupe. Exterior features like the headlights and LED taillights from the standard Scirocco models remain, while the interior still benefits from the auxiliary instrument cluster and Composition Media system.

Now that both Black Edition Sciroccos are available for ordering in the U.K., let’s take a deeper look at them and see just what makes them so special.

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Petrolicious Pays Tribute To Classic Volkswagen Scirocco: Video

Petrolicious Pays Tribute To Classic Volkswagen Scirocco: Video

Think back – what was the car that got you hooked? For Road & Track Senior Editor Jason Cammisa, it was the Volkswagen Scirocco. Even though his chosen occupation frequently puts him at the helm of seven-figure exotics, it’s this modest Veedub that continually sets the benchmark for him: “The biggest surprise that people get is that I’ll leave a Bugatti Veyron Supersport or Porsche 918 Hybrid, and all I want to do is go home and drive my Scirocco,” he says. “It’s just that lovely combination of reliable enough, fast enough, modern enough, but raw – and it works as the perfect bar for me to judge modern cars against.”

Cammisa bought his Scirocco in college, and immediately picked up the wrenches to keep it running. “This car definitely changed the path of my life because it forced me to be a mechanic,” Cammisa confesses. “There was no way I would have been able to keep this car – I don’t think I still could have this car – if I had to pay somebody to work on it.”

Suffice it to say, despite whatever reliability issues it’s had, the Scirocco continues to create smiles for Cammisa on a daily basis. For him, the car represents everything fun about a nippy front-wheel-drive platform, making it perfect for a day at the autocross or blast down a deserted back road. On paper, it’s only worth a few thousand dollars. To Cammisa, it’s “the most important thing in [his] life.”

But there’s a problem. What happens several decades in the future when Cammisa’s pride and joy needs a part that’s been out of production since the ’90s? “I hope that Volkswagen and every other car company listen to their enthusiast base and see this is special,” he says. “The relationship that we develop with these cars benefits them.”

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2015 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

Volkswagen’s family of sporty Scirocco hatches just got bigger at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, where the Germans unveiled the GTS, a new trim level that will slot below the range-topping R model. The GTS will go on sale in both Europe and China later this year, with an array of new features that won’t be offered on other trim levels anytime soon. As with the rest of the current Scirocco lineup, the GTS won’t cross the pond to the U.S., remaining a Europe- and Asia-exclusive model. I might as well add it to my "Top 10 Cars We Can’t Have in the U.S." list.

The GTS revived a nameplate Volkswagen first introduced in 1982 for the second-generation Scirocco. Offered until 1985, the GTS received an 84-horsepower engine, which was later upgraded to 110 horses. Distinctive features included "GTS" decals on the sides and the golf-ball shift knob. Aimed at drivers in their 20s, the GTS was a success, with nearly 19,000 units sold in less than four years. Will the GTS be as successful more than three decades later? Keep reading to find out.

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Top 10 Cars We Can't Have in the U.S.

Top 10 Cars We Can’t Have in the U.S.

The U.S. auto industry have given us some of the most incredible automobiles over the last 100 hundred years. Starting with the Ford Model T, the first vehicle mass-produced on moving assembly lines, and ending with the aluminum-bodied, 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, America has made a name for itself as one of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers. Before the Great Depression, the U.S. produced over 90 percent of the vehicles sold globally, and after World War II it was responsible for 75 percent of the world’s production. That’s no longer the case in 2014, when China manufactures nearly 20 million vehicle a year, more than both the U.S. and Japan.

Sure, these numbers don’t mean U.S. manufacturers have lost their touch. Just look at the new Mustang and Corvette Z06, and you’ll notice the brilliant engineering and the passion are still there. However, it’s common knowledge that global production works on different standards which restrict the availability of certain models in certain markets. It works both ways. Europe, for instance, can’t have many of the vehicles sold in the U.S., while Americans can’t buy cars made by a variety of European brands. Ironically, North American manufacturers have launched a bevy of nameplates that can’t be had in the U.S. And while most of them wouldn’t stir any interest on these shores, some vehicles have caused great frustration to the American enthusiast.

I’m going to talk about the latter. The cool cars we can’t buy and drive over various production or import issues, or even the manufacturer’s lack of interest in the U.S. market. Take a look at my choices below and tell me what you guys think. I narrowed the list down to 10 vehicles, so feel free to let me know which ones you think I should have included in the comments box.

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2014 Volkswagen Scirocco By ABT Sportsline

2014 Volkswagen Scirocco By ABT Sportsline

There’s a reason why ABT Sportsline is one of our favorite auto tuners in the world. The German company knows how to make programs that improve the cars they work on without going overboard with the modifications. It takes a specific set of skills to do that and ABT has it down path. Its new program for the Volkswagen Scirocco is living proof of that.

The two-fold modification is made up of an extensive aero kit and an impressive performance bump that breathes new life to the Scirocco. That’s not an easy thing to pull off and yet ABT Sportsline does with the ease of a tuner that knows what it’s doing.

Other tuners may promise the same things and yet fail to live up to all the expectations they set. That’s never been the case with ABT Sportsline. Over the years, it’s produced one impressive program after another. And as long as it can build kits like this for the Volkswagen Scirocco, there’s no reason for us to start doubting their tuning capabilities.

Not that we ever did because if we haven’t said it enough, we’ll say it again.

We’re big fans of ABT Sportsline and our fandom has never wavered.

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2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Line

2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Line

We’ve already gushed over the Volkswagen Scirocco and expressed dismay about the car’s absence in America. So it does sound like we are gluttons for punishment because we now present to you the Scirocco featuring Volkswagen’s always attractive R-Line equipment package. Just don’t judge us when if start crying on our keyboards because we can’t get a chance to enjoy the Scirocco R-Line.

Volkswagen’s pretty smart about how its approached the Scirocco. It knows that the sports hatch is a popular sell in Europe so by leaving out a few aesthetic and aerodynamic components, it can create an R-Line package that Scirocco customers will be rushing to buy.

Take a look at the exterior goodies that come with the Scirocoo’s R-Line package. It includes flared sills, fog lights, R-Line front and rear bumpers,ventilation grilles in the rear, a rear spoiler, black grille with an R-Line logo and a new set of 18-inch "Salvador" alloy wheels. The Scirocco’s R-Line package brings out a sportier and more aggressive side of the Scirocco that not a lot of people knew existed.

Inside, more upgrades are in store from the R-Line package, including fancy cloth upholstery with Alcantara bolsters, black headliner, "Carbon Touch" inlays, a leather sports steering wheel with the R-Line logo, Piano Black radio bezel. steering wheel accents and door pull handles, stainless-steel pedals, and aluminum sill plates that also feature the R-Line logo.

Optional add-on equipment includes a Leather Package Vienna that comes with R-Line logos, Crystal Grey stitching, heated seats, electric lumbar adjustment and a smattering of chrome accents, and a multifunction steering wheel.

The exterior package will set you back an extra €2,060 ($2,857), while the interior package checks in at €845 ($1,171). Taken together, the whole package is available at a total price of €3,231, which is a little $4,481based on current exchange rates. Opting for the Leather Package Vienna adds another €2,195 ($3,044).

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2014 Volkswagen Scirocco

2014 Volkswagen Scirocco

The Volkswagen Scirocco is undoubtedly one of those models that American customers would love to have come to the U.S. Judging by how much frustration we’ve seen and heard from some of our readers, there’s a decent chance that their opinions reflect that of a majority of VW fans. But the Scirocco still doesn’t have a timetable to make its US debut, and it probably won’t have one until the big bosses in Germany say so.

For now, all we can do is sit back and enjoy (from afar) what the 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco has to offer. It’s still one of the better-looking models in VW’s lineup, that much we can tell you. Even then, the updated styling on the front and rear sections definitely did their jobs in giving the Scirocco a more distinctive look.

Combine that with new exterior lighting and some new retro touches to the interior, like the auxiliary instruments and you have the makings of a car that will once again leave a lot of U.S. customers pining for the day Volkswagen brings the Scirocco across the pond.

Maybe it’s going to be sooner than we think, or maybe it won’t happen at all, but we all can still hope, right?

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2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Showto begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept, and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

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2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R

2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R

I have an unnatural love for most of Volkswagen’s wares, especially it behatched offerings. I love them so much I paid my own money to park a Golf in my driveway, but the Golf is not my favorite Volkswagen. That honor belongs to the sleek and sexy Scirocco. Of all the Sciroccos the bonkers AWD Scirocco R is the greatest.

Unfortunately the Scirocco R is not for US consumption, and my epic lust is getting even worse as Volkswagen has just announced an updated version. With a revised exterior design, even more power and new interior trim, my favorite hatchback is getting even better.

The newest model of the Scirocco will be unveiled as a 2014 model at the Geneva Motor Show in a few shorts weeks. To tide us over until then Volkswagen has released all the details about the updated car, and even gave us a few photos to boot.

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Volkswagen Drops Hints About Potential US Arrival of the Scirocco

Fans of Volkswagen here in the U.S. have reason to celebrate if there’s any truth to Volkswagen’s plans of finally bringing its resident hot hatch, the Scirocco to U.S. shores.

The Scirocco is coming to America, you ask?

Well, according to Volkswagen of America’s Manager of Product and Technology Mark Gillies, the German automaker is "open to looking at future versions for this market".

Although its far from "Hell yeah! We’re bringing the Scirocco to America," Gilles’ words should draw some tingles from Americans because the Scirocco has been one of those cars that a lot of people have been longing to have.

Gilles did say that a big reason why Volkswagen has never considered bringing the Scirocco to the U.S. was because the hot hatch wasn’t "engineered for this market."

But if people have long clamored for a product, it’s always a good idea to acquiesce to the demands. Or at the very least, listen to all those calls.

So that’s what Volkswagen is apparently doing, dropping hints of finally bringing the Scirocco to the U.S. market. Gilles also said that any potentially U.S.-bound Scirocco won’t adopt the same design as the European model, a curious revelation that will definitely lead to some speculation on what it’s going to look like.

Walter da Silva, VW’s head of design, remarked that a sportier Scirocco could be offered in the U.S., although specific details on that possibility have yet to be disclosed.

We’re gonna stop short of throwing a party until there’s an official announcement from Volkswagen that the Scirocco is coming to America, but we have to admit, we’re getting pretty excited knowing that Volkswagen is now "considering it".

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2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million Edition

2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million Edition

Volkswagen Scirocco was unleashed in 1974 and remained in production until 1992; then, in 2008 the model was brought back to life and enjoyed a great success – unfortunately, the U.S. didn’t receive the model this time around. Now, Volkswagen is celebrating the development of its one-millionth Scirocco — 795,650 units for the first two generations and 204,350 units for the third one – with a special Scirocco Million.

This commemorative model comes painted in a special "Deep Black Metallic" combined with sporty accent stripes on the middle of the body and "Galvanic Grey" mirror caps. The car is offered with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, while 19-inch alloy wheels are offered as an option. The model also receives R-Line bumpers, R-Line side sills, smoked taillights and "Million" stickers on the wings.

For the interior, Volkswagen is offering standard leather seating with contrasting seams in "Snap Orange," a black roof liner, stainless-steel pedals and, of course, entry plates with "Million" lettering.

Buyers can order the new Scirocco Million with three different engine options with power ranging from 122 to 210 horsepower.

The new Scirocco Million Edition will only be offered on the German and Chinese markets. In Germany, it is priced at €27,325 (about $35k).

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Next-Generation Volkswagen Scirocco will be Totally Different

When Volkswagen announced the revival of the legendary Scirocco everyone was very excited. The third-generation Scirocco was quite an evolution over the previous model and now it has been reported that the fourth generation will evolve even more.

In a recent interview, Volkswagen Group head of design Walter de Silva said that the next Scirocco will adopt an entirely new body style. The model will arrive sometime in the middle of the decade and will revolutionize the industry.

According to de Silva, the next Scirocco must be completely different: "We don’t want to repeat the body style of the Scirocco, we want to change that." The next Scirocco is currently in its design stage and the company is working on "enhancing the sportiness of the Volkswagen portfolio with Scirocco."

Also, he confirmed that Volkswagen has no plans in expanding the current Scirocco lineup, but the next generation will get "all options."

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2012 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

2012 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

The Leipzig Motor Show may not mean much to Americans, but in Germany it is a great opportunity for local auto makers to promote their vehicles and reveal new special edition models. One such German automaker taking advantage of the show is Volkswagen with this very cool Scirocco GTS. This special edition is based on the 2.0 TSI 210 HP version and adds some pretty impressive features.

The Scirocco GTS features a very cool white exterior paint finish combined with black-and red "go faster" strips, red exterior mirrors, a new set of 18-inch "Thunder" wheels, and a new rear spoiler and diffuser similar to the ones seen on the Scirocco R.

The GTS’ interior gets an exclusive gear knob, beautiful leather upholstery with red stitching, and a logo.

UPDATE 10/18/12: Volkswagen has officially released pricing details for the Scirocco GTS. The car, which is now available across Europe, has been given a price range from €28,100, which is about $36,700 based on current exchange rates all the way up to €33,525, or about $43,800, which, again, is based on current exchange rates.

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Video: Volkswagen Sirocco R vs. Ford Focus RS

Video: Volkswagen Sirocco R vs. Ford Focus RS

Models like the Volkswagen Sirocco R and the Ford Focus RS are hits on the European market, so it’s not surprising to see them get put next to each other on the Nurburgring race track for a little competitive action. The two cars provided quite a show tooas you will see in this video which is about eight minutes long. Take a seat and enjoy!

As a reminder, the Volkswagen Scirocco R is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 liter TSI engine that delivers 265 HP and 258 lbs-ft of torque. On the other side, the Ford Focus RS is powered by a 2.5 liter 20 V DOHC RS engine that delivers 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The Volkswagen can hit a top speed of 155 mph, while the Ford goes up to 163 mph.

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Toyota GT 86 set to be a playable car on Gran Turismo 5

Toyota GT 86 set to be a playable car on Gran Turismo 5

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.

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Volkswagen Scirocco gets CSR treatment

Volkswagen Scirocco gets CSR treatment

Don’t know why, but we get excited every time an aftermarket company decides to take a hot hatch and make it even hotter. This time it’s Nurnberg-based German tuner CSR Automotive, who unveiled a new styling package for the Volkswagen Scirocco.

The package, which is limited only to aesthetic upgrades, features a heavily restyled body kit and a new set of wheels. The body kit features a single-frame front grille with aggressive headlight trims, wider side skirts, a new tailgate spoiler and a more sporty rear rear bumper with integrated diffuser and a stainless steel rear silencer. As for the wheels, the company offers new 8.5x20-inch Cirrus wheels with carbon-fiber look and 235/30 ZR20 Toyo tires, while enthusiasts can also choose wider 10.5x20" with 285/25 ZR20 tires.

The package is already available, but CSR Automotive didn’t release any pricing details, but it isn’t very cheap, because only the wheels cost around $4,800 (3,400 Euros).

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2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup

2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup

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.

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Volkswagen Scirocco Rally Car

Volkswagen Scirocco Rally Car

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.

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Volkswagen celebrates 100,000th Scirocco built

Volkswagen celebrates 100,000th Scirocco built

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.

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Video: The world's best full-sized game controller is the wheel of a Volkswagen Scirocco

Video: The world’s best full-sized game controller is the wheel of a Volkswagen Scirocco

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.

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2010 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 CNG

2010 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 CNG

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).

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Volkswagen Scirocco by HPA Motorsports

Volkswagen Scirocco by HPA Motorsports

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.

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362hp Volkswagen Scirocco by B&B

362hp Volkswagen Scirocco by B&B

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.

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2010 Volkswagen Scirocco TSI

2010 Volkswagen Scirocco TSI

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.

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2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R

2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R

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 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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Volkswagen Scirocco by APS

Volkswagen Scirocco by APS

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.

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.

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Koni Scirocco at the 2009 SEMA Show

Koni Scirocco at the 2009 SEMA Show

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.

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.

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Volkswagen will equip the Scirocco and Eos with GTI power

Volkswagen will equip the Scirocco and Eos with GTI power

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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Volkswagen Scirocco Black Rocco by MR Car Design

Volkswagen Scirocco Black Rocco by MR Car Design

The Volkswagen Scirocco is for sure a very sporty car, with a great design. But even the most sporty car can get even sportier with the right tuning package. MR Car Design has reveled the special edition Scirocco Black Rocco that also adds a new design package, but also improves the car’s performances.

Thanks to an ECU upgrade, a MR Car Design Stage 3 turbo kit and a new custom exhaust system the 2.0 liter engine delivers a total of 370 hp and 519 Nm of torque. The tuner also added a Stoptech high performance brake system with the Stahlbus bleeding valve and KW V3-coilovers.

Outside the car receives a new front apron, side skirts and rear valance accretion with diffuser optics and also 20 inch 1-part Emotion Wheels aluminum rims with Hankook tires.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volkswagen Scirocco Cup

2010 Volkswagen Scirocco Cup

In another nod at green racing, the German automaker Volkswagen has just launched the Scirocco Bio-CNG-powered race series for 2010. With CO2 emissions reduced by 80%, the new Scirocco Cup will become the most eco-friendly one-make championship in the world, making it even more environmentally friendly than their previous Jetta TDI Cup. The Scirocco Cup car is based on the standard TSI unit that is fitted in the road going Scirocco, the Bio-CNG-racing version of the 2.0 Liter four pot develops a maximum output of 215 HP and 203 lb-ft of torque from the alternative fuel burning internal combustion engine.

In order to run a compressed natural gas setup, the Sciroccos are fitted with a 22 liter fuel tank mounted directly behind the driver and is protected by the race car’s roll cage. The so-called Bio-CNG that the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup cars will burn is produced from renewable resources such as grass or a special type of corn as well as from refined biological waste. In order to house the alternative fuel, the tanks themselves are made from a composite material and a series of stainless steel pipes and special valves are added which are required for CNG operation. The Scirocco Cup racing cars will use tried and tested components from Volkswagen production models with CNG engines ensuring that the competition cars are not only reliable, but that the innovations learned on the racetrack will be directly applicable to their street cars.

Press release after the jump.

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Volkswagen releases Golf R and Scirocco R out on the market

Volkswagen releases Golf R and Scirocco R out on the market

After unveiling the 2010 Volkswagen Golf R and the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R a month ago, the German automaker has finally released the two cars out on the market in Germany.

The two cars, which both use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TSI engine, can both churn out as much as 260 horsepower with an electronic limit of 250 km/h.

In addition to sharing the same engine, the two R models were also outfitted with 17-inch allows, modified bumpers, a shiny and glossy grille, a sports rear spoiler, sports seats, pedals, and a racing steering wheel.

After catching the promotional video of the two cars running roughshod on a race track, it’s safe to say that the wait for these two R-models has been long and anxious.

If you’re interested to avail either one of the two, head on over to your nearest VW dealership; the Golf R goes for €36,400 while the Scirocco R sells for €33,475.

Press release after jump.

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Volkswagen to release iPhone game featuring a VW Scirocco R

Volkswagen to release iPhone game featuring a VW Scirocco R

If you’re a fan of the Volkswagen Scirocco R like we are, then you’ll understand our giddiness in finding out that Volkswagen is releasing the ‘Scirocco R 24-hour Challenge’ for the iPhone.

If you don’t know, the Scirocco R 24-hour Challenge is a free downloadable game from the Apple App store that allows you to drive your own Scirocco R in a series of different play modes, inclufding qualifying mode, a 24-hour mode, and a multi-player mode that players can play together using Bluetooth.

It may not be as realistic as the video we showed a couple of days ago featuring the aforementioned Scirocco R and the Golf R20 taking in a few laps at a race circuit, but it’s a pretty good racing game to have, especially when you find yourself in need of scratching that racing itch every now and again.

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Video: Trailer for the Volkswagen Scirocco R and Golf R20

Video: Trailer for the Volkswagen Scirocco R and Golf R20

These days, there aren’t a lot of advertising tools as powerful as a good commercial, and while some car brands have succeeded in getting their messages to the TV audience across in 30 seconds, other commercials have failed miserably in doing so.

Thankfully, the new two-minute trailer featuring Volkswagen’s two R-Line vehicles – the Scirocco R and the Golf R20 - had us glued to the tube. The trailer mixed outstanding sound editing with a movie-like video featuring two VW test drivers taking the cars out for a spin out on a G-simulator and later on, out on a real track, all the while emphasizing the amount of G-Force the two cars can reach while setting blistering lap after blistering lap on the circuit.

Take the time out to check it out. If you ask us, it’s even worth multiple viewings.

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Volkswagen R-Line

Volkswagen R-Line

The German automotive conglomerate’s personalization line, Volkswagen Individual, has just revealed the new R-Line package for the new Golf, Scirocco and Passat CC at the Frankfurt Motor Show, all three of which will go on sale later on this Fall.

The sixth generation Golf is upgraded with a set of stylish 17 inch alloy wheels and a sport suspension to make it handle better as well as a set of body colored side skirts and a pair of aggressively redesigned set of bumpers inspired by the new Golf R. Down force is improved with a new rear diffuser integrated into the back bumper and a roof spoiler to finish off the top of the hatch while on the inside a pair of decorative door tread plates wears the R-Line logo. Volkswagen’s newest hot hatch, the Scirocco, benefits from both interior and exterior upgrades as well. The new Scirocco R-Line follows a similar diet as the Golf R-Line, except that the Scirocco’s modifications are based more on improving the vehicle’s appearance as opposed to swapping out the mechanicals underneath.

For the more luxurious end of the Volkswagen R-Line, the Passat CC gets a set of 18 inch wheels, a freshly redesigned front spoiler and lower hanging side skirts to complete the ground effects package, while the interior is upgraded with four special edition kick plates and a leather wrapped multifunction three spoke steering wheel finished off with the R-Line logo.

Press release after the jump.

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Eibach tuned Volkswagen Scirocco

Eibach tuned Volkswagen Scirocco

The German suspension manufacturer Eibach has teamed up with Volkswagen Zubehör, the automotive conglomerate’s aftermarket division in order to create one outstanding package for the Volkswagen Scirocco. While the lowering springs are available directly from the factory, Eibach has also developed a set of high performance sway bars and spacers to improve the hot hatch’s handling in order to guarantee that the Scirocco goes exactly where the driver demands it to.

The beauty of this kind of suspension package is that the spring and shock combination have already been tuned to work in harmony with one another and provide the vehicle with the right amount of chassis lowering, a common problem with infinitely adjustable coilovers is that most owners tend to slam their vehicles to the ground in an attempt to make it look cool, but what they don’t know is that they are wreaking havoc on the suspension geometry and in some instances might even be quicker around a turn with the stock setup.

Volkswagen Zubehör steps in with their own appearance package for the Scirocco that consists of an aggressive front lip spoiler, a set of lower side sills and a blacked out rear apron made with an integrated diffuser while above the Scirocco wears a stylish roof spoiler and a set of stunning 19 inch 10 spoke motor sport wheels, although that 2010 Scirocco R is looking pretty fine just like it comes from the factory.

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Volkswagen Scirocco might get a Bluemotion version

Volkswagen Scirocco might get a Bluemotion version

Even if Volkswagen’s Scirocco sports hatch won’t be making it to the U.S. anytime soon, there are still a few fuel-efficiency is still a problem for the German automaker. So over the next few years, VW will expand their lineup of eco friendly vehicles to include the new Passat CC, Tiguan and also the Scirocco.

According to a source at the English automotive journal AutoCar, Volkswagen is "looking into" a clean diesel burning Scirocco BlueMotion. It will feature a small displacement diesel engine, possibly the 1.6 Liter TDI from the Golf BlueMotion making 104 HP. The green Scirocco will also benefit from a few efficincy upgrades like aerodynamic tweaks, low resistance tires and different gear ratios.

The latest Bluemotion model from Volkswagen is Touareg BlueMotion. It is powered by a 3.0 Liter TDI V6 common rail diesel engine and develops 220 HP and 405 lb-ft of torque. The Touareg BlueMotion has a fuel economy of 34.0 MPG, up from 30.4 MPG, and CO2 emissions are cut to just 219 g/km, down from 244 g/km. The alternatively fueled Touareg can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 8.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 126 MPH.

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LSD Volkswagen Scirocco

LSD Volkswagen Scirocco

In the world of tuning the more outrageous and unique that you can make your vehicle the better. So if you were looking for something to set your Volkswagen Scirocco apart from ordinary road going machines then we have just the product for you. A set of gull-wing door plates from LSD priced at only 1,549 Euro.

The plates are attached to the Scirocco’s factory door mounts and are equipped with the new Guided Roller System which allows the doors to open up and away from vehicle with ease and close them even easier due to the high precision fitment. A lot of engineering went into the aftermarket hinges that are certified by the German Technical Control Board which ensures that a Scirocco equipped with a set of the company’s gull-wing doors will be just as structurally sound in the event that the worst case scenario occurs.

Press release after the jump.

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Je Design Volkswagen SciroccoTDI

Je Design Volkswagen SciroccoTDI

Diesel cars are very successful in Europe, maybe it is because they have a great fuel range, maybe it is because they don’t pollute as much as they used to or maybe it is because in the European Union, the less refined crude product costs a lot less than standard unleaded gasoline. These are all good reasons why people here in the U.S. should think about test-driving a diesel. Especially if it has been modified by the Volkswagen specialists J.E. Design.

The tuners from Leingarten decided to have a go at a TDI powered version of the latest hot hatch from Wolfsburg, a TDI powered VW Scirocco. Starting out to reestablish diesel’s good name, the tuners came up with an engine program to raise the output of the 140 HP version to 180 HP and increase the thrust from 235 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft of torque. For the more hardcore tuning enthusiast, the 2.0 TDI CR program takes the 170 HP from factory and increases it to 205 HP and increases twisting power to 302 lb-ft of torque. This model can go from 0 to 60 MPH in around 7 seconds flat and hit a top speed of 142 MPH. The power units retail for around 1200 and 1500 Euro each.

The J.E. Design body kit can be yours for only 900 Euro, but the funky door hinges will set you back 1500 E.U. denominations. Sitting pretty under the wide rear end is a new sport inspired stainless steel muffler and the Sky Rocket sits about an inch and a half lower to the ground thanks to a new set of springs that work with the factory shocks in order to eliminate the wheel gap between the Scirocco’s wide fenders and 19 by 8 inch multi spoke rims and tires. In order to recreate what you see before you it would cost around 8000 Euro, that’s a pretty penny to pay for a whole lot of style. Maybe if VW decided to sell this car in the U.S. you could spend some of your tax incentive for going green on the kit.

Press release after the jump.

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Volkswagen Scirocco Remis by HS Motorsport

Volkswagen Scirocco Remis by HS Motorsport

Even before the vehicle’s official launch, the Volkswagen Scirocco received a lot of support from the aftermarket in the form of power adders and tuning kits. So it is only fitting that because the Euro-only hot hatch is rolling along the Autobahn, the customization crowd has only intensified their efforts to create the most outrageous modern day sky rocket possible. This latest take on the sleeker Volkswagen comes from HS Motorsport. The tuning firm has named their 320 HP white knight the Scirocco Remis.

The HS Motorsport body kit only accentuates the Scirocco’s lines, but it does it without adding any unnecessary body panels like protruding wings or super car imitating vents. The exterior has been further dressed up with a host of carbon fiber trim pieces. The car rides on a set of 20 inch black rims; the dark finish compliments the darker grill and blacked out roof magnificently. The combination of H&R suspension pieces and a set of 245/30 Z rated rubber makes this Scirocco handle as good as it looks.

HS Motorsports takes the 2.0 Liter TFSI that makes 200 HP from the factory and boosts it to produce anywhere from 290 to 320 HP depending on what the customer is looking for. HS will also install a 3 inch exhaust that not only sounds good when coming out the double pair of exhaust tips, but also allows the turbo to spool up faster. The performance theme carries over into the vehicle’s interior, being fitted with four Recaro racing buckets covered in black leather and finished off with white stitching. HS Motorsport has truly created a white on black beauty with their Scirocco Remis.

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Video: Volkswagen Scirocco R at the Nurburgring

Video: Volkswagen Scirocco R at the Nurburgring

Even if you aren’t fluent in German, you should still enjoy this video. Shot just before the Nurburgring 24, it shows the new factory tuned 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R in action going through the gears on the Nordschleife with a few other vehicles from VW’s stable of race tuned and street cars. So go make a friend that speaks German and watch the video together, or you can just skip ahead to the 2 minute mark to see the beautiful blue Scirocco R doing what it does best.

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Classic Tuning: Wild Volkswagen Scirocco

Classic Tuning: Wild Volkswagen Scirocco

With all the buzz about the new Scirocco from Volkswagen, it is Top Speed’s duty to remind automotive enthusiasts everywhere about where that car came from. Just look at this beautiful 1st generation Sky Rocket. The tuner has tastefully created a clean, slammed VW. Despite the cars reserved appearance, the choice of wild orange paint, wide stance and severely stretched tires this Scirocco can’t help but be loud.

Thanks to Speedhunters for finding this photo.

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Volswagen Scirocco R spy shots

Volswagen Scirocco R spy shots

Don’t let the camouflage fool you; this is definitely the factory hot rod version of Volkswagen’s Scirocco. This Scirocco R test mule was spied running laps on the German Nurburgring circuit.

Inspired by the Study R concept, the Volkswagen Scirocco R is distinguishable by the lower hanging front and rear bumpers and low to the pavement scraping side skirts, but it is the 19 inch wheels that set the R apart from the rest of the crowd.

What you can’t see is that under the hood Volkswagen is testing a 2.0 Liter TFSI engine that delivers 262 HP, quite impressive considering that the standard model makes just 197 HP. The extra grunt allows the R version of the Scirocco to go from 0 to 60 MPH in six seconds. The R version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds and will hit a top speed of 155 MPH.

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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco GT TDI

2009 Volkswagen Scirocco GT TDI

Performance diesels are nothing new for the European market, across the Atlantic they love the more affordable fuel prices and longer ranges provided by the alternative fueled machines. Volkswagen has already answered this call with the high performance Golf GTD, a diesel burning alternative to the GTI. So the next step for the German automaker would be to release a diesel version of their latest sports hatch, the Scirocco.

The Volkswagen Scirocco GT TDI is powered by a 2.0 Liter TDI engine that produces a maximum output of 165 HP and a potent 258 lb-ft of torque. The alternatively fueled Scirocco can sprint from a standstill to 60 MPH in about 8 seconds and will reach a top speed of 140 MPH. All while returning about 53 MPG in mixed highway and city driving.

The Scirocco GT TDI has just been released in the British market, while we here in the U.S. are still awaiting the vehicles arrival, in any way shape or form.

Press release after the jump.

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Scirocco R20T spied in black

Scirocco R20T spied in black

At the moment, the most powerful version of Volkswagen’s Scirocco is only making 200 HP. That is because by the end of 2009 VW will have prepared an even hotter version of the lovable modern day sky rocket, and this one will be the fastest Scirocco of all times.

Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Volkswagen Scirocco R20T will be powered by a 2.0 Liter turbocharged engine cranking out an impressive 270 HP. The engine will be mated to the pride of Volkswagen, the DSG gearbox, and of course, like any other German model the top speed will be limited to 155 MPH.

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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco

2009 Volkswagen Scirocco

Volkswagen made today official the Scirocco, a model that started its history 34 years ago. Prices will start at €27,490 for the 1.4L TSI petrol variant with 120hp.

With a length of 4.26 meters, the Scirocco is on par with the Golf. However, it is built significantly lower to the ground (1.40 meter) and is nearly as wide as the Passat (1.81 meter). Four adults can be seated with plenty of space inside. Once they are all aboard, the Scirocco provides 292 liters of cargo capacity; when the two seatbacks of the rear individual sport seats are folded down, capacity increases to a considerable 755 liters. This contemporary Scirocco demonstrates unfettered everyday utility, and it can be clearly recommended as a sports car for every day of the year.

Providing for ample power on the Scirocco – which comes with ESP and sport chassis as standard equipment – are four TDI and TSI engines, all of them charged and therefore just as torque-strong as they are economical and low in emissions. The three TSI (gasoline direct-injection) output 90 kW / 122 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS. The Scirocco’s common rail engine (TDI) develops a power of 103 kW / 140 PS. The 122 PS TSI takes the car to a top speed of 200 km/h. This 160 PS TSI takes the Scirocco from rest to 100 km/h in 8.0 seconds; its top speed is 217 km/h. With the 200 PS engine, the Scirocco makes the 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and hits a top speed of 235 km/h.

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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24-CNG

2009 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24-CNG

VW is taking a green racer to the Green Hell. This May it will bring two versions of the Scirocco GT24 to the 24-Hour Race on the Nürburgring powered by natural gas. VW says the 2.0-liter turbo engine will make “nearly 300 hp” and is a testbed for future applications.

Press release after the jump.

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VW Scirocco will get a R20T version

VW Scirocco will get a R20T version

The Volkswagen Scirocco has been accused of being a Golf in wolf’s clothing because of the multitude parts shared. But now this is finally going to be used to the Scirocco’s advantage if it gets a version of the engine in the upcoming Golf R20.

We picked up on this rumor many months ago, but now there are also spy shots of the Scirocco testing with the 270 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. While we haven’t had the opportunity to personally pilot the car because VW slammed the door on a U.S.-spec Scirocco, friends overseas have applauded the car’s suspension but have prayed from more power. So now maybe VW is listening.

To help distinguish the R20 from other Sciroccos, VW may use the larger air intake and rear wing found on the Scirocco Study R. The total package may make for an appealing car, but U.S. fans shouldn’t get too excited. If VW is leaving out the Scirocco here because it would cannibalize sales from the GTI, then it’s doubtful VW would take the chance on the much smaller production numbers of the R20.

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Official: Scirocco not coming to North America

Official: Scirocco not coming to North America

Shed a tear, Autoblog got official confirmation that the Volkswagen Scirocco will not be coming to the U.S. While unofficially we have known this for a while, VW is confirming that the Scirocco would jeopardize sales of the less expensive GTI in the North America. Maybe someday the U.S. will learn to love hot hatches.

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VW Scirocco by B&B

VW Scirocco by B&B

The German aftermarket company B&B is the latest tuner to have a go at the new Volkswgen Scirocco. B&B not only modify the exterior of the Scirocco with a Caractere body kit, but also increase the output to six different levels depending on the customer’s needs.

More on power packages after the jump.

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VW Scirocco bodykit by Caractere

VW Scirocco bodykit by Caractere

The tuning firm Caractere has just released their new bodykit for the 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco. The kit consists of new front and rear bumpers, a grill inspired by the GTi, a subtle and a set of aggressive side skirts. Fitting inside of the Caractere rear bumper are a set of unique exhaust tips. The Scirocco can be equipped with the CW1 wheels measuring 18, 19 or 20 inches. Hopefully the kit will be offered in the U.S. if Volkswagen ever confirms an American Scirocco.

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Volkswagen prepares hotter BlueMotion models

Volkswagen prepares hotter BlueMotion models

One thing is certain, lowering CO2 emission and improving fuel economy is one of the main concerns of today’s auto makers. According to Volkswagen’s research and development Chief Dr Ulrich Hackenburg, “we can make a connection between fun, performance and low consumption”.

According to Hackenburg, Volkswagen will most likely come out with BlueMotion versions of their sport compacts the Scirocco and the GTI. However if these versions come to market it will not be before 2011, and like the concept in Geneva, they would wear the BlueSport badge, creating the perfect blend of fuel economy and fun.

Besides the Scirocco BlueSport and GTI Bluesport, Volkswagen is also working on producing even more economical R models. The Scirocco R20T concept has already been shown and it is almost certain that VW will replace the 3.2 liter VR6 in the Golf R32 with something less thirsty.
Dr Hackenburg said that the two models may not get a V6 engine, but "what we [VW] are able to do is to make a Golf with the same performance but a smaller engine, which is anyway better for handling."

So whether Volkswagen decides to turn up the boost on some diesel motors or downsize and turbocharge what they already have, one thing is certain. Volkswagen is committed to building automobiles that are fun to drive and at the same time environmentally conscious.

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Sportec SC350 based on the VW Scirocco

Sportec SC350 based on the VW Scirocco

Like all classics the Volkswagen Scirocco will never get old, most recently Swiss tuners Sportec have devised a system for upgrading the next generation Scirocco. They are doing this through performance upgrades, the addition of a tuned suspension and a little bit of style.

For the Scirocco that comes equiped with a 200 HP 2.0- liter engine performance upgrades are available from 240 HP up to 350 HP. This is achieved with upgraded electronics, a stainless steel exhaust system, the addition of a Sportec turbocharger, an upgraded intercooler and a modified fuel delivery system. Included in the drivetrain is differential locker by Sportec, this unit will help the Volkswagen to get the power to the ground evenly and improve performance in spirited driving. The Sportec springs lower the new Scirocco by 35 mm and significantly improve the car’s handling. The springs were also designed to work in harmony with the electronically adjustable shock-absorbers.

The Sportec SC 350 is not just a high-performance parts bin, but a well rounded performance machine. Highlighting the car’s appearance are a set of beautiful lightweight 20 inch Sportec Mono/10 alloys wrapped in 245/30 tires. Under the hood a carbonfiber engine cover adds some show to the car’s go, and on the inside passengers can enjoy special floormats made of soft velour and even more carbonfiber bits sporting the Sportec logo.

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