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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