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by Tim Beissmann

The Volkswagen Scirocco has been priced $2500 cheaper than the mechanically similar Volkswagen Golf R in Australia.

 

The three-door Scirocco R coupe will start at $47,490 for the six-speed manual model and $49,990 for the six-speed dual-clutch DSG. Unlike the Golf, the Scirocco will only be offered in performance-oriented R specification in Australia.

The Scirocco R replaces the three-door Golf R, coming with a $1000 price advantage over the now-defunct three-door variant.

The Scirocco R shares its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with the Golf R variants, meaning the sleek new model will produce 188kW of power (at 6000rpm) and 330Nm of torque (2500-5000rpm).

The biggest difference between the Scirocco R and the Golf R from a mechanical perspective is that the Scirocco sends all its power through the front wheels (similar to the Golf GTI) while the Golf R is all-wheel drive.

To handle all the power, the Scirocco R comes standard with XDL (extended electronic differential lock), which is integrated into the ESP system to reduce traction loss.

Adaptive chassis control is also included as a further measure of improving the Scirocco’s acceleration, braking and cornering dynamics, with drivers able to select between Comfort, Normal and Sport settings.

Standard features for the Australian Scirocco R include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control, 6.5-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and iPod connectivity.

The Scirocco R offers 312 litres of boot space, which grows to 1006 litres with the rear seats folded down. The low-profile coupe compares favourably with the chunkier Golf R, which offers 275 litres in the boot and 1230 litres expanded.

Unlike the Golf, however, the Scirocco is strictly a four-seater, meaning it’s probably a better choice for those without armfuls of children.

The first examples of the Volkswagen Scirocco R are expected to arrive in Australia at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2012.

Which one would you buy: Scirocco R or Golf R? Let us know in the comments section below.

2012 Volkswagen Scirocco manufacturer’s list price (excludes government and fleet charges):

  • Scirocco R six-speed manual – $47,490
  • Scirocco R six-speed DSG – $49,990



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