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VW's 239kW Nürburg-ready Scirocco

2008-05-23 08:07
VW has endeavoured to wow its faithful performance fans who congregate in Wörthersee each year by showcasing their new Scirocco GT24.

Rekindling memories of the legendary VW coupes which have carried the name, the Scirocco GT24 is sure to endear itself to the legions of VW acolytes who congregate at Wörthersee each year.

They come from all over to the Austrian lake-side town to show off their VW cars and see what new performance orientated motoring solutions their favourite manufacturer is set to introduce.

Set to be 'Ring certified

The car on display will be a striking blue and white liveried racing version set to compete in the renowned 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. It's set to be raced by veteran track personalities Carlos Sainz and Hans-Joachim Stuck.

Sainz is sure to use his considerable world rally championship experience to good use, whilst Stuck has racing absolutely everything, from saloons to Le Mans to Formula One, with impressive speed.

Front-wheel drive, 239kW

Ensuring the Scirocco GT24 is up to the challenge VW have coaxed 239kW from its 2-litre, direct-injection turbo engine.

Perhaps more impressive, especially for a race unit, is the surfeit of torque available from only 2 100r/min, a whopping 340Nm. The power will be channelled via a dual-clutch, paddle shift, transmission and drive only the front wheels.

With the interior essentially stripped out weight has been brought down by 178kg. The interior, despite it's stripped down minimalism is exquisitely finished, and there is even an outline of the 'Ring in the middle of the centre console, just in case Saintz or Stuck forget where they are supposed to go.

Ride height was dropped 75mm, which should resolve impressive handling abilities to tame the notorious Nürburgring.


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