New VW Scirocco
New Volkswagen Scirocco.
Among the changes brought to Wolfsburg’s six-year-old coupe planned to go on sale in Australia in late 2014 is a series of subtle exterior styling changes, higher quality interior fittings and a new line of four-cylinder engines, including a 206kW version of Volkswagen’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit in the new top-of-the-range Scirocco R.
Distinguishing the latest Scirocco from the existing model is a series of detailed exterior styling changes, including a re-profiled front bumper, lightly reworked grille, new bi-xenon headlamps, reshaped LED tail lamps, a revised opening mechanism for the tailgate incorporated into the Volkswagen badge at the rear and a reworked rear bumper with a black diffuser element.
Standard models continue to roll on standard 17-inch wheels, although buyers can choose between optional 18-inch and 19-inch rims, including the traditional Talledega wheels fitted to the Scirocco R. Volkswagen has also widened the choice of exterior colours, adding new white, red and grey tones as well as additional metallic violet and gold hues.
The subtle changes continue inside with a new instrument binnacle taken from the Golf GTi and detailed trim changes to the dashboard. In homage to the original model launched 40 years ago at the 1974 Geneva motor show, the upgraded Scirocco also receives a set of additional gauges for turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and a stop watch.
Under the bonnet of the upgraded Scirocco is a range of new or upgraded four-cylinder engines boasting greater power and improved economy than the units they replace.
The direct injection petrol engines now include a 1.4-litre with 92kW and 2.0-litre with 123kW, 162kW and 206kW – the latter representing a 11kW increase on the EA113 turbocharged 2.0-litre in the old Scirocco R. Joining them from the outset of sales will be Volkswagen’s a 2.0-litre common rail diesel with 110kW and 135kW.
As before, buyers can choose between a standard six-speed manual and, in all but the base 1.4-litre, an optional six-speed dual clutch gearbox offering both manual and automatic modes. Both units receive an automatic stop/start function and brake energy recuperation. As tradition dictates, the Scirocco will continue to be sold in front-wheel drive guise only.
Volkswagen is yet to reveal performance figures for the latest evolution of the front-wheel drive Scirocco, but the German car maker indicates the mid-range 132kW 2.0-litre petrol model is an impressive 19 per cent more economical than its predecessor with combined cycle consumption of 6.0L/100km and CO2 emissions of 125g/km.