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.
Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Scirocco Black Edition.
There’s always a place for hot sports hatchbacks in the industry these days. The Volkswagen Golf isn’t an exception to that. This model is a certified seller for the German brand in large part because of its unique combination of hot aesthetic styling with its stellar performance capabilities.
But Volkswagen isn’t just keen on keeping the Golf stale. Sometimes, the company takes it a step further, introducing special edition models to keep the Golf fresh and appealing for its loyal fan base.
The launch of the Volkswagen Golf Match is proof of that. It’s been touted as a replacement model for the Golf SE with the added exception of it being more tricked out than the SE at no added cost. That’s incredible for fans of the Golf SE, a lot of whom already attest to the trim’s well-specified status.
Adding new features to the Golf SE is no easy task and yet, Volkswagen successfully did it by adding even more features to the Golf that customers will undoubtedly appreciate. These new features aren’t your run-of-the-mill additions, either. A lot of them, like the front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights, and mirror pack, all serve their own functions. Those mirror packs, in particular, comes with automatically folding door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse-activated dipping on the nearside. Functions, baby!
The Volkswagen Golf Match is already available to order starting at a price of $33,750 for the 1.4-liter TSI all the way up to $41,300 for the 2.0-liter TDI. Deliveries of the models are expected to commence in September.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Match.
Stuff’s about to get real — in a digital sort of way — in the world of VW concept cars. At the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed that is set to run June 26th through 29th, Volkswagen will display the bad-ass GTI Roadster Concept for the first time on UK soil, but that is small potatoes to the next statement. At the 2014 Goodwood festivities, fans can also drive this phenomenal concept up the famous hillclimb course. Of course, this is all in the digital world of Gran Turismo 6 on a recreation of the Goodwood Hilclimb.
It would be so much cooler had Volkswagen actually offered the chance to drive the real car up the Goodwood hill, but I understand the reasoning behind keeping it all digital. Regardless, it will be a fun time, thanks to 503 PS (496 horsepower) and 560 Nm (413 pound-feet) of twist traveling from its biturbo, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine through a DSG transmission and out to all four wheels. Digital or reality, this topless VW is sure to be a hoot to take up the hill. I only wish I was in the UK to "drive" it.
Click past the jump to read more about this opportunity and the GTI Roadster Concept.
For the second time in its run, the Volkswagen Amarok is getting the Canyon special-edition treatment.
This time around, the Amarok Canyon makes its way to the UK market, where it will be sold in very limited quantities.
It’s based on the Amarok’s Trendline trim, which means that the pickup will carry a host of new amenities. After all, you can’t be called a "special edition" without these exclusive digs, can you?
In this particular instance, some of the most noticeable upgrades given to the Amarok Canyon include a choice of three different body colors — Deep Black, Reflex Silver and Copper Orange — as well as an exterior that now has a matte-black roll cover, a load area protective coating and a set of 19-inch Cantera alloy wheels.
Moving inside, the Amarok Canyon’s cabin is a picture of high-class amenities, a surprising move considering that the pickup is more well-suited to get down and grimy. But there it is, a cabin that not only has heated leather seats, but those seats have also been dressed in fine Nappa and Vienna leather. Likewise, the steering wheel also gets the fine-leather treatment with orange stitching, while the rest of the cabin boasts of a 6-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, and even privacy glass.
The Volkswagen Amarok Canyon takes its power from a 2.0-liter BiTDI engine that produces 180 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Those aren’t staggering numbers by any means, but enough to tow up to 7,054 pounds when the situation calls for it.
Only 350 units of the Amarok Canyon will be made available with 300 units earmarked with automatic transmission and a smaller set of 50 units for the manual transmission models. Expect to see a price tag of £30,720, which is about $51,000 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Volkswagen Amarok
Before the 2013 model year, the top trim level of the Passat in the UK was the SE trim, which was relatively decked out, but lacked some of the extras that most premium sedans came with. In 2013, VW plans to change that by offering up a replacement for the outgoing SE trim level, the Passat Highline. Not only does the “Highline” name sound more luxurious than “SE,” but it also boasts an array of standard features that the SE did not.
This new addition affects both the Passat Saloon and the Passat Estate, which are a sedan and wagon, respectively. This gives the Passat lineup three trim levels in each body style, starting with the base-level S, the mid-grade BlueMotion, and capping off with the Highline. The real test is whether the additions to the top-level trim on the Passat really warrant the price the VW will place on it.
Click past the jump to read the full list of features and more.
Volkswagen’s compact hatchback positioned right between the Up! and the Golf – the Polo – is all set to put on its big-boy pants. That’s right; VW is giving the Polo the “R” treatment. No, we’re not talking about the “R-Line” treatment, which is little more than some aesthetic changes. We mean the balls-to-the-wall high-performance “R” treatment, much like what the Golf is getting.
The details on this model are not yet complete, but we do know that it will borrow the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine from the outgoing GTI mk6. VW will then punch up its horsepower to the 225-pony range and ship it to the front wheels – no AWD option. According to reports, the Polo R will bolt to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds and give it a 150 mph top speed, making it extremely quick for its class. Sure, the Focus ST will smoke it, but it’s a step under the Focus’ class.
Much like the Polo R-Line, the Polo R will feature some extra ground effect and larger rims to give it a sportier look, but the complete details on the exterior are not yet known. We also expect the suspension to be lowered and the brake system to be upgraded, giving it better handling and braking to better work with the 45 extra ponies.
According to reports, the Polo R is all set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Rumors are also afloat that the Polo R will hit European showrooms in mid 2013, but there is no confirmation yet. Of course, the Polo will not be offered in the U.S.
We expect to see the Polo R to go head-to-head against the Renault Clio RS and the Peugeot GTi, which each feature a 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine. Depending on the weight difference, this could give the Polo R a significant advantage.
We’ll add more information to this review as VW releases more details.
Image Note: All images are of the Polo R-Line
In the high-octane, torque-twisting world of the drag strip, a paradigm shift is slowly taking shape with the most unlikely of cars leading the way. Unassuming look aside, the “Black Current” Volkswagen Beetle EV by Oliver Young is an electric vehicle that has done some serious damage on the drag strip becoming the first street-bodied EV to post a nine-second, quarter-mile time. That time looks more impressive when you take into account the fact that this little Beetle once destroyed a Tesla Roadster on a drag strip.
While it’s not the fastest quarter-mile time ever posted by an EV – that title belongs to the Current Eliminator, which covered the same distance in seven seconds at 160 mph – the Black Current does hold the record for being the fastest ‘street-bodied’ EV in the world - at least until proven otherwise.
For now, though, Oliver Young can stake claim to this tremendous achievement and on a grander scale, he and his ‘Black Current’ Beetle EV are giving EVs the proper exposure in the world of drag racing, something that was unheard of as late as a decade ago.
More details on the Volkswagen Beetle EV “Black Current” after the jump
Volkswagen has unveiled a new entry level Golf for the British market. Called Twist, the new model is priced at costs £12,995 in the three door version and the five-door version will add an extra £585.
The new Golf Twist is powered by a 1.4-liter petrol engine that develops a total of 80 HP and 97 lbs ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The sprint from 0 to 62 mph i s made in13.9 seconds and the new model has a top speed of 107 mph. The Golf Twist has a combined cycle economy figure of 44.1 mpg and CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.
It will be offered with 16-inch ‘Atlanta’ alloy wheels, RCD 310 radio system with MDI multimedia connectivity and a front center armrest to the comprehensive list of standard equipment. Safety features will include: ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and seven airbags.
Press release after the jump.
While Buick is eliminating trim level badging by providing its consumers with an assortment of packages they may add to their vehicle, Volkswagen UK has decided to throw out the idea altogether and create a specific model to include the features provided in the SE trim level. The new version Volkswagen will be adding to itsGolf line-up is the Golf Match and it will replace the SE trim level and will add over £1,600 worth of extra equipment while costing £300 more than the outgoing model. Not a bad deal, mathematically speaking.
The standard equipment list will include: ABS, ESP, seven airbags, climatic air conditioning, alarm, cruise control, and iPod/MP3 player connectivity. It will also feature 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather multifunction steering wheel, DAB digital radio receiver, Bluetooth system, front and rear parking sensors, and an RCD 510 touchscreen stereo with six-disc CD changer.
Under the hood there will be the same choice of diesel and petrol engines as the outgoing SE trim level: a 122 HP 1.4-liter TSI petrol, a 105 HP 1.6-liter TDI 105HP, and a 140 HP 2.0-liter TDI. A BlueMotion Technology Match model will also be available with the 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS. It will get 68.9 mpg and will emit 107 g/km of carbon dioxide.
The new model will go on sale in June, but orders can be made starting today. The 1.4L TSI 3 door will be available starting at £17,730.
Volkswagen UK has added a new version to its Tiguan line-up. The new match version will replace the SE trim level and is on sale at a price starting from £22,110. This is the first time the Tiguan has seen the Match package even though the Polo, Golf, and Touran models have all been displayed under this name.
The new Match package will be available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines: 150 HP 1.4-liter TSI, 170 HP 2.0-liter TSI engine and 140 or 170 HP 2.0-liter TDI.
The Match package adds Park Assist, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, climate control, a touchscreen DAB digital radio, and a leather multifunction steering wheel. This comes in addition to the existing standard specifications which include 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-disc CD autochanger, heat insulating glass from the B-pillar back, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), and ABS.
Any fans of Volkswagen’s compact crossover will be happy to know that even with these additions, the Match package will only cost an additional £250.
Check out prices for the new Tiguan Match in the press release after the jump.
Volkswagen UK added to its line-up the most fuel efficient Tuareg in its line-up: a BlueMotion version powered by a 3.0-litre V6 TDI common rail diesel engine which develops 225 PS and 550 Nm of torque.
The Touareg BlueMotion has a fuel economy of 34.0 mpg on the combined cycle (down from 30.4 mpg), and CO2 emissions are cut to just 219 g/km, down from 244 g/km. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 126 mph.
Prices start from £34,150 on the road RRP for the entry level model and rise to £37,545 for the SE.
Press release after the jump.
Volkswagen UK has just announced an R-Line package for their mid sized car, the Passat. Like the sister company Audi’s S-Line trim package, the R-Line treatment brings added style and comfort to the base model four-door without the extra cost. The best part about the new trim is that you can have the appearance of a high performance R model, with a smaller, more fuel efficient and more economical engine under the hood.
From the outside, the R-Line package consists of a set of 17 inch wheels, a chrome grill surround and the “R” styling pack. On the inside, the package adds creature comforts like cruise control, adjustable front buckets and a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel. VW even adds a tire pressure monitoring system for safety.
Don’t be down just because the R-Line Passat is currently only available for the U.K. market, because Volkswagen is also considering the R models for the U.S. market as well, so the R-Line would be the next logical step.
Press release after the jump.
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.
Vokswagen has announced prices for its new four-door, four-seater coupe, the Passat CC, which is available to order from retailers across the UK from next week, Friday 16th May. The first cars, if ordered now, will start arriving in the UK in mid-July. The entry-level CC, the 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS will cost £21,040 RRP on the road, with prices rising to £31,120 for the range-topping 3.6-litre V6 300 PS.
The Passat CC opens a new market niche for Volkswagen and strengthens the company’s range of models in the hotly-contested B-segment. With high quality and impressive specification levels across the range, the Passat CC is likely to appeal to private and fleet buyers alike.
Three engines are available at launch – two petrol and one diesel. Petrol options are a 1.8-litre TSI unit developing 160 PS and 184 lbs ft of torque linked to a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox plus the flagship 3.6-litre V6 FSI with 300 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque channelled via 4MOTION four-wheel drive and DSG gearbox. A common rail 2.0-litre TDI with 140 PS is also offered at launch, and will be joined in September by a 170 PS version of the same powerplant. An additional 2.0-litre petrol unit, with 200 PS, will also become available at this time.
While the US is still waiting for a V6 diesel engine, Volkswagen UK announced today the introduction of a revised version of the 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine on the Touareg, which will deliver a useful boost in power but also a higher fuel economy and less CO2 emissions.
According to the manufacturer, the Volkswagen Touareg powered by the 3.0 liter diesel engine represents almost 68% of all the sales of the vehicle in the UK. The upgraded engine, linked to a six speed tiptronic gearbox and four-wheel drive, will now deliver 240hp instead of 225hp, the sprint from 0-100 km/h will be possible in 8.3 seconds while the CO2 emissions will drop from .278 g/km to 262 g/km
The most powerful Tiguan yet, equipped with a new 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS common rail diesel engine, has now been released for ordering. Combining greater torque than a Golf GTI with the efficiency, lower emissions and refinement you’d expect from a modern diesel, the Tiguan strikes a balance between performance and economy.
This new common rail engine is capable of developing a maximum of 258 lbs ft of torque via a six-speed manual gearbox. As with the rest of the Tiguan range the new engine will route drive through an advanced 4MOTION system which can divert up to 100 per cent of drive to any wheel depending on the traction available.
The increases in both power and torque do not come at the sacrifice of either economy or performance. The new engine is capable of returning 40.4 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 185 g/km of CO2. As you’d expect from the most powerful Tiguan to date the new Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 170 PS Gallery: Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 170 PS also assures that it’s the fastest. The vehicle can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 125 mph.
Volkswagen’s latest track challenger, a supercharged and turbocharged Jetta saloon, was unveiled today (Thursday) in Britain. The Jetta TSI Sport made its debut at the Autosport International racing car show at Birmingham’s NEC, taking centre stage on the British Racing and Sports Car Club stand. The new machine will take to the track for the first time on Easter Monday (24 March) in the opening round of the Hankook-backed Volkswagen Racing Cup, at Oulton Park.
The Polo went in sale in February when prices were announced and the books were opened for customers to place orders.
Available in 3 and 5 door models, the Polo GTI has a 1.8 litre 20 valve turbocharged engine, and is the most powerful production Polo ever.
Styling is borrowed from its sibling the Golf GTI and prices start at Ł14,810($27800) on-the-road for the 3-door model, and Ł600($1126) more for the 5-door. The GTI includes ABS with Hydraulic Brake Assist and ESP, driver´s, front (...)