Order books have opened for the facelifted Volkswagen Scirocco, with the updated hatchback now on sale with prices starting at £20,455.
Having made its debut at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, first deliveries of the model are expected in October.
Among the changes brought to Wolfsburg’s six-year-old coupé are a series of subtle exterior styling changes, higher quality interior fittings and a new line of four-cylinder engines, including a 276bhp version of Volkswagen’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit in the new top-of-the-range Scirocco R.
Distinguishing the 2014 Scirocco from the existing model is a series of detailed exterior styling changes including a re-profiled front bumper, lightly reworked grille, new bi-xenon headlamps, reshaped LED tail lamps, a revised opening mechanism for the tailgate incorporated into the Volkswagen badge at the rear and a reworked rear bumper with a black diffuser element.
Standard models continue to roll on 17-inch wheels, although buyers can choose between optional 18-inch and 19-inch rims that include the traditional Talladega wheels fitted to the Scirocco R. Volkswagen has also widened the choice of exterior colours, adding new white, red and grey tones as well as additional metallic violet and gold hues.
The subtle changes continue inside with a new instrument binnacle taken from the Golf GTi and detailed trim changes to the dashboard. In a homage to the original model – launched 40 years ago at the 1974 Geneva motor show – the upgraded Scirocco also receives a set of additional gauges for turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and a stopwatch.
Under the bonnet of the upgraded Scirocco is a range of new or upgraded four-cylinder engines with greater power and improved economy than the units they replace.