The updated Scirocco R costs $45,990 in six-speed manual form and $48,490 when equipped with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic DSG (both prices before on-road costs).
The price cuts come despite the introduction of a number of new features, as detailed back in October.
The updated model gets fresh styling, headlined by a redesigned grille, larger lower air intakes, and revised bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights at the front; matt chrome door mirrors and 19-inch ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels down the sides; and new LED tail-lights, a gloss black diffuser and a tailgate badge boot release at the rear.
Interior additions include a dash-top instrument binnacle with oil temperature, stopwatch and boost gauge dials, a new multifunction R leather steering wheel, satellite navigation, reverse-view camera, front parking sensors (complementing the existing rear sensors), 20Gb music storage, piano black trim elements, and black and grey cloth/alcantara upholstery.
Scirocco R coupes delivered to Australia miss out on the new 206kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine tune that’s available in Europe, instead making do with the same 188kW/330Nm outputs as before.
While that peak power figure continues to be produced at 6000rpm, the 2015 model’s peak torque is available across a marginally broader band (now 2400-5200rpm, up from 2500-5000rpm).
The updated car’s acceleration claims are unchanged (6.2 seconds in the manual, 6.0sec in the DSG), and while the manual’s combined cycle fuel consumption carries over at 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres, the DSG is now 2.4 per cent more efficient than before at 8.0L/100km.
Read CarAdvice’s 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R Review.