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Hardcore Scirocco from ABT

2008-10-06 08:04
This styling package might be a touch too hardcore

This styling package might be a touch too hardcore for Scirocco traditionalists. With revised suspension, brakes, and tuned up power output, the ABT Scirocco should put many GTI owners in a purchasing quandary though.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Model ABT Scirocco
Engine 2.0 TSI
Power 177kW
Kempten based VW group aftermarket specialist ABT has given the Scirocco some urban racer attitude.

VW’s new coupe, which is sure to steal market share from both its sibling GTI hatchback and Audi’s TT, benefits from dynamic refinement and styling updates as part of the ABT package.

“The very first Scirocco was the absolute star amongst compact sport coupes”, reminisces ABT owner Hans-Juergen Abt.

Aesthetically the ABT Scirocco has its strongly sculptured flanks enhanced with the addition of side skirts and air inlets. Around the back the rear wing and new rear panel – which houses a stylish stacked quad-exhaust system – finishes off the bodywork package superbly.

With BR or AR series ABT specification alloy wheels (in either 18- or 20-inches) the overall look is vastly more aggressive than the original Scirocco. We think the diamond machined black wheels fill those arches exquisitely, even if the spacer enabled width is a bit over the top.

Ensuring the ABT car has dynamic verve commensurate to its brazen styling statement ABT have dropped the Scirocco by 30mm with a new spring kit.
Backing up the sharper handling and keener stability - courtesy of those larger wheels and lower ride height - are ABT brakes of 345mm diameter to ensure reliable, seamless stopping power.

ABT has toyed with engine control unit electronics and exhaust systems to enact gains on all three engines in the Scirocco range. The twin-charged 1.4 TSI offers 147kW in ABT guise (up from 118kW), 2.0 TDI diesel power is 125kW instead of 103kW and the GTI carry over 2.0 TSI runs 177kW over the standard 147kW.

If you are not a Scirocco traditionalist, and seem keen on something from the VW group with two doors and heaps of attitude, the ABT Scirocco is pretty much on the money.


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