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by Tim Beissmann

Volkswagen is adding an entry-level Scirocco to its range by taking the 90kW petrol engine from the Golf and dumping it straight into the two-door coupe.

The 1.4-litre TSI (found in the Trendline in Australia) produces similar numbers in the Scirocco.

Peak torque remains at 200Nm, as does the top speed of 200km/h, while the 9.7 second 0-100km/h sprint takes 0.2secs longer in the coupe.

Fuel economy is a handy 6.4 litres/100km while CO2 is produced at a rate of 146g/km, making it the cleanest petrol engine in the range.

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Despite going on sale in the UK from January 4, buyers may be forced to wait a while for delivery.

A disclaimer on Volkswagen’s UK website confirms that due to high demand for the engine there is a four to five months delay on factory production.

When it does arrive, it will be decked out with ABS, ESP and six airbags, as well as a six-CD changer, iPod preparation, rain and dusk sensors and 17in ‘Donington’ alloys at a starting price of £18,860 (AUD$34,340) RRP on the road.




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