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by Tim Beissmann

Volkswagen Australia has released the first official specification details of the upcoming 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R, which is set to go on sale in Australia early next year.

Volkswagen has confirmed it will only bring the top-spec Scirocco R variant to Australia at this stage, replacing the three-door Volkswagen Golf R.

Mechanically, the Scirocco R is very similar to the Golf R. It will be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with output unchanged at 188kW and 330Nm of torque.

A six-speed manual transmission will be standard while a six-speed DSG will be available as an option.

Volkswagen Australia is yet to confirm acceleration times for the Scirocco R, although in the UK it is rated as three-tenths slower than the Golf R, suggesting times of around 6.0 seconds with the DSG and 6.2 seconds with the manual. Top speed is 250km/h.

Fuel consumption figures are also yet to be revealed, although judging by overseas ratings, expect the Scirocco R to come in at around 8.3 litres/100km combined, down slightly from the Golf R (8.7 litres/100km).

The Scirocco R is cheaper than the Golf R in the UK, so Australian prices in the range of $45,000 to $50,000 would seem reasonable for the incoming coupe.

Standard features on the 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R will include XDL (extended electronic differential lock); Adaptive Chassis Control with Normal, Sport and Comfort modes; glossy black brake calipers; and 235/35 tyres wrapped around 19-inch alloy wheels.

Full specification and pricing details will be revealed closer to the Australian launch of the Scirocco R early in 2012.




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