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.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R.
The exterior of the Scirocco has always been one of its defining features. Its swooping profile and aggressive front end made it look like the fastest and angriest Golf ever created. The R version took that aggression and turned it up a few notches. The new car follows that same formula.
The overall shape of the new Scirocco R hasn’t changed from current car, this is just an exterior refresh, but the changes they have made are quite noticeable. The front end of the car has been altered to make it sharper, more in line with the Mk VII Golf design and the intakes are larger. The headlights are a completely new design and feature a new LED daytime running lamp arrangement. A new front lip spoiler adds some extra aggression to the face of the R.
The long doors, R-design side sill extensions and 18-inch alloy wheels dominate the profile of the Scirocco R. A set of 19-inch alloys is also available. To add a little extra visual flair the brake calipers are painted black and feature “R” logos, while the mirror housings are finished in matte chrome.
Most of the horizontal lines on the rear have the car have been accentuated to make the Scirocco R look wider and more planted. The new LED taillamps help in this mission with their elongated inserts.
The bumper features large air outlets on each side and there are two chrome exhaust outlets as well. The rear of the Scirocco R also has a much larger rear spoiler than the standard car.
The changes to the interior of the Scirocco R are far less extensive than the outside alterations, but when Volkswagen already makes some of the best interiors in the class there is not much that needs changing.
The noticeable R model differences include “Race” seats covers that include “R” logos and decorative stitching. A black headliner, carbon fiber-look inlays and piano black trim add a touch of sporty class to the cabin. The custom “R” model instruments feature blue needles and the pedals are made of stainless steel. Overall, the inside of the Sicrocco R appears to be a lovely place to spend some time.
The real secret to the Scirocco R’s appeal is its engine. It may only be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder but its turbocharged and it pumps out 276 horsepower. That power is routed to all-four wheels via a Haldex AWD system. The result is a rally-ready rocket like a Subaru WRX, except the Scirocco is built well and isn’t as ugly as a troll.
Transmission options will be either a six-speed manual or the DSG dual-clutch automatic.
2.0 TSI four-cylinder
0 to 60 mph
8.0 l/100 km (29 mpg)
187 g/km CO2
Pricing for the newest Scirocco has yet to be announced, but don’t expect prices to budge too far from todays MSRP.
The Mazdaspeed 3 is a turbocharged wagon of fire and fury. With its 263-horsepower engine, it should be nearly as fast as the Scirocco R, but its FWD only, so it struggles to put its power down. The result is a slightly undriveable wagon that is capable of insane speeds. It may be hard to drive, but it sure is a blast.
With a similar 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and AWD, the Subaru WRX is a close competitor to the Scirocco R. Of course, the Subaru has a reputation for having terrible interior quality and styling only a blind mother would love. Still for pure performance, the Scirocco R will have its hands full trying to outdo the little Japanese machine.
The new 2015 Scirocco R is equal parts exciting and beautiful. It has a design that screams “go faster” and the power to make it happen. Yes, the two door design with its sloping roof makes it much less practical for rear passengers than the Golf R, but that is missing the point. If want a good looking three-door with insane speed, AWD performance and German refinement, the Scirocco R is the best choice.
No it won’t be sold in the USA, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t love it.
More powerful turbocharged engine
Advanced AWD system
Best looking VW on sale
Not for US consumption
Not a lot of rear seat space
Very minimal interior changes
In 1974, precisely 40 years ago, the first generation Scirocco made its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. The coupé has since enriched the lives of all those motorists who love dynamic performance in an agile, confidently stylish and affordable sports car. Volkswagen now presents for the first time – once more in Geneva – the latest generation of the icon which has sold more than one million units. It has been developed further technically and visually. For example, the engines: the six turbo direct injection engines belong to the latest generation of Volkswagen’s four-cylinder engine family and consistently fulfil the EU 6 emissions standard; moreover they are up to 19 per cent more economical. Also as standard, all Scirocco with up to 162 kW / 220 PS have a Stop/Start system as well as a battery regeneration mode. The performance of the four TSIs (petrol engines) and two TDIs (diesel engines) ranges from 92 kW / 125 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS in Europe. Despite the reduced fuel consumption, all the engines demonstrate improved power. The largest leap is taken by the new Scirocco 2.0 TSI with 132 kW / 180 PS (previously 1.4 TSI with 118 kW / 160 PS) and the 280 PS Scirocco R (previously 195 kW / 265 PS).
Exterior sharper, interior loaded. The external characteristics of the Scirocco "2014" include its newly designed front and rear sections with redesigned H7 or bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights. The rear and now swivelling VW logo was designed as a handle for opening the boot lid. The interior is equipped with sport seats and a leather sport steering wheel as standard, while the sports car also features new materials and colours. New technical features include the Dynaudio Excite sound system developed specifically for the Scirocco and the park steering assistant (ParkAssist). Also new on board as standard are auxiliary instruments (charge pressure, chronometer, engine oil temperature) which pay tribute to the original Scirocco.
Scirocco to be launched on the market in summer. Volkswagen produces the latest Scirocco at its Portuguese works close to Lisbon. The sports car will be launched initially in Europe from the middle of August. Shortly afterwards, the other high-volume markets such as China, Argentina, Turkey, Australia, Russia and South Korea will follow.
The exterior of the Scirocco
Design dynamics. The design forms the visual basis for the overall sporty package of the Scirocco: with its unmistakable silhouette, the characteristic rear, the impressive front end and its appealing proportions the coupé also demonstrates visually that this car offers a high degree of agility and therefore provides driving fun. Like the first generation Scirocco, the third series of the sports car is also viewed as a stylistic icon. Reason enough to sharpen the design of the Scirocco carefully – although it can be recognised as "new" at an initial glance – in order to develop its character further.
New front section. Precisely drawn lines, a fully new light signature by the headlights as well as aerodynamic "blades" (narrow aerodynamic elements in the style of the Golf GTI) in the side of the bumper join together to form a new front section look. The new Scirocco also appears to be more clearly contoured and wider, due to the bumper surfaces painted in body colour as opposed to being kept black. The narrow "blades" and a black, open-topped frame in the bumper form a striking contrast for light paint. The large cooling air inlet in the lower area of the front section and the upper air inlet are kept black. Together with the XL1 and the Beetle, the Scirocco is also the only Volkswagen where the VW logo is on the bonnet. In order to protect the front section better against damages when parking, the ParkPilot is now also provided for the front bumper.Automatic word wrap
New headlights. Striking light design is typical for all Volkswagen models. This illuminated fingerprint is particularly interesting for the new Scirocco when the new bi-xenon headlights are fitted: the engineers and designers have integrated a narrow, convex LED contour underneath the xenon module which looks like an eyelid and functions as daytime running lights. The indicators are placed separately in the outer regions of the bumper, with fog lights as well as the daytime running lights in the standard version. They are visually separated by the "blades". Together with the body-coloured trim for the lower cooling air inlet, the result accentuates the width of the car. The new design also makes the Scirocco appear to sit even lower on the road.Automatic word wrap
New rear section. The brand’s design DNA defines that the width of the vehicle in the front and rear areas is accentuated by using horizontal design features. The new Scirocco further reinforces this effect using completely newly designed LED rear lights and also a new boot lid. The trapezoidal contoured rear lights towards the centre of the vehicle with their C-shaped light contour now extend further into the boot lid which, in turn, is equipped with a horizontal light-refracting edge underneath the window. A new black diffuser matches this powerful and precise design, making the bumper appear to sit lower and the car as a whole flatter in its proportions. Practical: as stated above, the VW badge swings upwards when pressure is placed on the central axis in order to thus serve as a handle for opening the boot lid (which is protected against dirt). The number plate lighting also uses LED technology as standard.
New wheels and colours The newly designed 17-inch ("Shanghai") and 18-inch ("Lisbon" and "Salvador") alloy wheels attract attention. As standard, the Scirocco is equipped with 17-inch "Long Beach" alloy wheel rims and 205mm tyres (from 110 kW 225mm tyres). Optionally the coupé – and this is new too – can also be ordered with the legendary "Talladega" design 18 or 19 inch alloy wheel which was previously reserved for the Scirocco R. Moreover, five of the 13 available colours are new to the line-up: these are the three standard paints "Pure White", "Flash Red" and "Urano Grey" as well as the metallic colours "Ultra Violet" and "Pyramid Gold".
The exterior of the Scirocco R. Traditionally independent design and upholstery elements characterise the top model in the series: the Scirocco R. This is equally true for the design of the front and rear aprons in motor sport look and for the wheels. In particular the three large, glossy black air inlets, the standard bi-xenon headlights, the LED daytime running lights and the LED indicators attract attention at the front. At the side, this includes the door mirror housings in "matt chrome", the side sill extensions with "R" styling and the brake callipers painted black with "R" logo. At the rear, the chrome tailpipes (respectively on the left and right) and the larger roof edge spoiler still belong to the insignia of the "R"; whereas the large air outlets in the bumper must be mentioned as new in the rear section. The standard 18-inch wheel trim for the Scirocco R was also redesigned. It is named "Cadiz"; optionally this alloy wheel can also be ordered as a 19-inch version.
The interior of the Scirocco
Auxiliary instruments pay tribute to the original Scirocco. The new Scirocco has also been developed further in several areas inside. Thus, the optimised instrument panel trim on the passenger side which visually streamlines the dashboard with a striking horizontal edge is eye-catching. The air nozzle panels and the central panel around the navigation system with an aluminium-look are now flush-mounted in the instrument panel and thus accentuate the high-end quality of the interior. Like models such as the Golf GTI, the Scirocco is now also equipped with a new tubular-look instrument cluster; the instruments features new graphics and are smartly framed with an aluminium-look. The steering wheel design was also derived from the Golf GTI. Additionally, the three auxiliary instruments integrated above the centre console are included as a standard: charge pressure, chronometer and engine oil temperature. They serve as a tribute to the first Scirocco in which, dependent on the equipment version, two auxiliary instruments were installed lower down in the centre console. It goes without saying that the new Scirocco is also still equipped with standard features such as air conditioning, Hill Hold, electric windows and sport seats.
Sporty decor, materials and colours. There is now a storage compartment close to the handbrake lever which can be closed using a "sliding blind". It is no coincidence that the new decor - "checkered black" - in the central panel forms an optical bridge to the world of the Golf GTI. Last but not least, the seats have been redesigned with new materials. New are "Matthew" (a tartan design with titanium black seat surfaces), as well as "Greg" Alcantara which is available in the hues "Ceramique", "Deep Mocca" and "Titanium Black"; as well as "Vienna" leather in the colour variants "Ceramique", "Sioux" and "black in carbon style". Also new: the light upholstery trim "Ceramique" for the lower section of the dashboard, door trim panels and the centre console which is offered in addition to "black".
The interior of the Scirocco R. Similar to the exterior, the interior of the Scirocco R is marked by the hand of Volkswagen R GmbH. The individualised features include the "Race" seat covers with the "R" logo and decorative stitching in crystal grey, the black roofliner, decorative "Carbon Race" inlays, applications in glossy "Piano Black" (radio faceplate, multifunction leather sport steering wheel and door handles) and stainless steel pedals. The specific "R" instrument needles are traditionally blue and the aluminium door sill plates are complemented by an "R" logo.
The Scirocco engines
Up to 19 per cent more fuel efficient. The 2014 Scirocco will be supplied with state-of-the-art technology for Volkswagen’s four-cylinder engines. The perfected or new turbocharged direct injection engines all fulfil the stringent EU6 emissions standard; moreover they have been made up to 19 per cent more economical. Despite the reduced fuel consumption, all the engines demonstrate improved power. As standard, all new Scirocco up to a performance level of 162 kW / 220 PS also have a Stop/Start system as well as a battery regeneration mode. Except for the base engine (1.4 TSI, all Scirocco models can be combined with an optional dual-clutch gearbox (DSG).
Petrol engines have power outputs of between 125 PS and 280 PS. The performance range of the four TSI (turbo direct fuel injection engines) extends from 92 kW / 125 PS via 132 kW / 180 PS and 162 kW / 220 PS up to the new 206 kW / 280 PS powered exceptional engine of the Scirocco R. The 1.4 TSI with 125 PS is used for the first time by Volkswagen; the Scirocco base engine consumes 1.0 litres less per 100 km than its predecessor. Also, the 180 PS powered 2.0 TSI is new in the coupé line-up, following the 1.4 TSI with 118 kW / 160 PS in Europe. Although the new engine develops an additional 20 PS, it is some 0.6 litres per 100 km more economical than the 160 PS version. The adapted 2.0 TSI from the Golf GTI with 220 PS is also new in the coupé; a reduction in consumption of 1.4 litres per 100 km compared to its predecessor or 19 per cent.
Diesel engines develop 150 PS and 184 PS. The two Scirocco TDIs now achieve 110 kW / 150 PS and 135 kW / 184 PS. Both engines are extremely economical with 4.1 l/100 km (150 PS) or 4.3 l/100 km (184 PS). The reduction in consumption compared to the predecessor’s less powerful engines is 0.8 litres / 100 km for both TDIs.