Looks great, and goes fast. That describes the Scirocco R aptly. Thanks to Zaibi Motors, we also managed to take the 'Roc out for a quick spin around the block, and to have a brief comparison between the Golf R.
Both the Golf and Scirocco R shares the same 2.0-litre TSI engine, but in the Scirocco, produces slightly less horsepower, 265PS, whilst torque remains the same at 350Nm - all which is powered to the front wheels via XDS front differential lock (the Golf has 4Motion AWD). Although the Scirocco R has a smidgen less power, it does have a 200kg weight advantage over the Golf, which does help to keep things interesting. Like the Golf, the Scirocco R gets its own subtle bodykit; the front bumper gets larger air intakes, rear features a new diffuser and dual chrome tailpipes, and 18 inch Talladega alloys.
On the rear, new diffuser and twin tailpipes help to differentiate this 'Roc amongst others...
The lack of AWD hasn't dampened the cornering prowess and the Scirocco R felt planted along sharp, low speed bends and fast corners. Intuitive steering feel and "Sport" mode on the adaptive chassis control helped to communicate feedback to your palms, inspiring some level of confidence when going fast. As usual, the 2.0 TSI unit has bucketloads of torque whilst the 6-speed DSG box shifts seamlessly... and with every gear change was that distinct note, making my hair stand on its ends. There is however, a slight bit of torque steer when you mash your foot into the accelerator.
On our test route, we managed to hit 160mph (~260km/h), and had yet to run out of steam which thoroughly impressed. While the speedo needle moved forwards very quickly, there was another needle I noticed also moving rather quickly... backwards. On our short ~60km test route, it turned out that we had sipped quite a bit of petrol. Will be interesting to properly track fuel consumption of the 'Roc when we finally get our hands on an official test unit.
The look that stirs loins...
First Impression: VW Scirocco R - TSI Turbo FWD
Colour looks similar to that of a Subaru... wonder who would win in a race.
Unfortunately, due to poor lighting, we were unable to take better pictures of the Scirocco R. However, we've got some exciting updates on both the Scirocco R and Golf R on Zerotohundred, so stay tuned! As before, we had the opportunity to have a quick test of this Scirocco R thanks to Zaibi Motors.