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195kW Scirocco sizzler official!

2009-05-20 12:33
Volkswagen's high-performance Scirocco R breaks cover sporting a 195 kW version of VW's tireless 2.0-litre turbo motor.

A reworked version of the previous Golf GTI's 2.0-litre direct injection engine with higher turbo boost pressure and a few other adjustments bump the power up to 195 kW and 350 Nm of torque.

Volkswagen claims performance figures of 6.5 seconds for the 0 - 100 km/h sprint (6.4 with DSG) and a top speed limited electronically to 250 km/h.

To keep the weight down, this hot Scirocco retains its front-wheel drive configuration rather than adopting 4Motion all-wheel drive (like the R32, for instance, did).

To aid its dynamic prowess, engineers made several adjustments beneath the metal, too, and Scirocco's standard sport suspension has been lowered and now features new dampers and springs, the XDS electronic differential first seen on Golf 6 GTI and a performance brake system.

The R rides on fresh five-spoke alloys although the option for 19-inch alloys exists. Cosmetically, the body kit includes a more imposing front bumper with integrated air vents. LED running lights, side skirts, a new grille bearing the "R" logo, a revised rear bumper and blackened tail lights are new, too.

Inside the cabin, the Scirocco R adds bucket seats for the front occupants, a three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel incorporating the "R" logo, redesigned dials and aluminium trim.

The Scirocco R is being considered for South Africa and, if it gets the go-ahead, should be available here from the second quarter of 2010.

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