An uprated turbocharger generating 1.2 bar of boost has, VW says, been joined by a new intercooler to handle the extra heat generated and the result is 188kW and 350Nm of torque. The result is stunning: a fast, brilliant-handling coupe that, as you might have noticed above, makes me wonder why the nation’s great aspirers still look with lust at the boring old been-there-for-ever Golf - and there is the cost factor. (Go for it guys, the comments box is down below.)
GREEN IS THE COLOUR OF ENVY: If you're a blue-blooded driver then wave the Scirocco 'R' flag by choosing an outlandish colour such as this. You don't need running lights to be spotted...
My advice is to cough up the extra for the auto box: the DSG system changes faster than you’ll ever manage, comes with paddles on the steering wheel and the turbo vent thuds open with a visceral reverberation during every up-change.
FOREST FRIENDS: Wheel arches well-filled by 19" alloys soled with 35-profile rubber are features of the 2011 VW Scirocco 'R'.