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by George Skentzos

Volkswagen has unveiled its performance flagship Scirocco R-Line model in production form following its concept debut at the Bologna Motor Show.

The Scirocco R features a modified version of the previous generation Golf’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which boosts power to 195kW and 350Nm.

This 2.0 TSI unit is mated as standard to a six-speed manual transmission with a twin-clutch DSG semi-automatic transmission also available as an option when the car goes on sale in Britain by fall 2009.

2009 Volkswagen Scirocco R debuts

Volkswagen has reportedly utilised the previous ‘EA113’ engine over the Golf MkVI’s newer 2.0 TSI codenamed ‘EA888’ as a means of lowering development costs.

It may come as a disappointment to most to hear that VW has opted to retain the Scirocco’s front-drive layout, although this decision has kept the car’s weight down to around 1,330kg.

2009 Volkswagen Scirocco R debuts

The Scirocco R hits the 100km/h mark in just 6.5 seconds – or 0.1 seconds faster with the DSG – on par with the last Golf R32 4Motion and almost half a second quicker than the latest Golf GTI.

Beneath the skin, VW has also upgraded the Scirocco’s chassis with lowered sports suspension featuring new dampers and springs, larger disc brakes all round and a new electronic XDS differential as found in the latest Golf GTI.

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Visually the R-Line version is largely faithful to the concept, boasting a new front bumper with larger air intakes, new side skirts and rear bumper, smoked tail lights and LED daytime running lights.

The Scirocco R rides on newly designed 18-inch five-spoke rims identical to those found on the concept with customers also able to select 19-inch wheels in the same style.

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Inside, the R-Line model features front sport bucket seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with the ‘R’ logo, aluminium cabin highlights and restyled instrument dials.

While the Scirocco is no closer to arriving in Australia, the promise of a right-hand-drive variant for the UK market means this decision is now up to the accountants rather than the engineers.




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