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by Brett Davis

Volkswagen has lifted the curtains off the Volkswagen Scirocco R at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. This is the first chance Australian’s have had to see the Australian-specified model in the flesh.

The top-spec Volkswagen Scirocco R will be the only model to go on sale in Australia, and it will replace the Volkswagen Golf R three-door. This is a good thing, because if you’re after a Golf R three-door, chances are you’re after a sporty hatch. The Scirocco R is exactly that, and some.

It features the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Golf R, producing 188kW of power and 330Nm of torque. It also features a six-speed manual transmission as standard and will come with the DSG dual-clutch automatic as an option.

Performance figures for the sporty hatch consist of 6.0 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint in the DSG, and a slightly slower 6.2 seconds for the fully manual version. Top speed for both variants is 250km/h.

Think of it as a Golf R three-door which has been treated with a sleeker, lower body and fresh front and rear ends.

The new Volkswagen Scirocco R will go on sale early next year.




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