Volkswagen Scirocco R (DSG) Review
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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
18 Aug 2010

With the new Scirocco R, Volkswagen’s popular coupe finally has the go to match its racy looks.

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‘R' is probably the most widely used moniker in the auto world if you want to name a high performance model. There are the various hot Type R models from Honda. Jaguar names its hot XF and XK models the XFR and the XKR respectively. There's Seat's high performance Leon model, the Cupra R and there's Volkswagen with its R range of cars that started with the fourth generation Golf R32. Today, Volkswagen's R moniker is applied to no less than four models in its line-up. We have previously seen the Touareg R50, Passat R36 and Golf R. And now comes the fourth R model in the Volkswagen line-up - the Scirocco R.

The R sits above the twincharged 1.4 TSI and the 2.0 TSI Sport in the local Scirocco line-up. I Changes made to the EA113 motor compared to 200bhp applications include a stronger cylinder block as well as strengthened piston bolts and con rods. While the Sport's unit makes 200bhp and 280Nm, the Scirocco R's unit, churns out 256bhp and 330Nm.

Disappointingly though, the Scirocco R unit has been detuned from 265bhp in Europe to 256bhp over here. This despite the fact that the Audi TTS makes the full 272bhp and 350Nm over here. 


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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 256bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 330Nm @ 2400rpm
Power to Weight 187.7 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type 3 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4248 x 1820 x ) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Kerb Weight 1364 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs