Volkswagen has confirmed its new Scirocco R will cost from 33,475 euro (£30,691) when it goes on sale in Germany later this year.
UK pricing has yet to be announced, but it is tipped to cost around £25,000 when it goes on-sale here due to exchange rates. Final pricing is expected to be confirmed later this month.
The VW Scirocco R, which is available to order now in Germany, was launched earlier this year at the Nurburgring 24 Hours race.
The front-wheel drive coupe’s engine is a modified version of the last Golf GTI’s EA113 2.0-litre with direct injection; the latest GTI uses the EA888 2.0-litre. It has a higher compression ratio than the GTI’s engine and was chosen because it’s easier (and cheaper) to modify than the newer powerplant.
The R’s engine gets a new head, uprated pistons and conrods, and higher-pressure injectors. The turbo produces more boost, and there’s a new intercooler to deal with the extra heat.
Combined, these changes give the new engine 261bhp and 258lb ft — and all of the torque is available from 2500rpm through to 5000rpm, one of the advantages of using direct injection on a petrol engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed, twin-clutch DSG is optional. The R turns in a 0-62mph time of 6.4 sec