Volkswagen Scirocco R 

  • 2010
  • 265 HP 2.0L
  • 155 mph
Stefan Ellrott, development chief at Volkswagen Individual, says he had the engineers tune the R’s soundtrack—“not too high-pitched, not too dark”—and the result is impressive.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2009)
Born into the oil crisis of the early 1970s and based on the compact Volkswagen Golf platform, the first-generation Scirocco was an efficient and sporty answer to the many domestic two-door coupes in the U.S. VW followed it up with a slightly bigger, second-gen car—as well as the Corrado, the Scirocco’s spiritual successor.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2009)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Volkswagen Scirocco R

Top speed

Scirocco R
155 mph
GT 86
140 mph
Subaru BRZ
143 mph

Data points Key details of the Volkswagen Scirocco R


Scirocco R
265 HP
Cooper S S
181 HP


Scirocco R
258 ft-lb
GT 86
150 ft-lb
Subaru BRZ
152 ft-lb

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Volkswagen Scirocco R
The design of the Scirocco R is largely based on the Scirocco GT24, which was designed for motor sports: there are large air intake openings in the front bumper which the engineers used to achieve optimal cooling for the engine and the brakes, and an integrated front spoiler as well as the bi-xenon headlights.
Its charged four-cylinder 2.0 l TSI is impressive with an output of 195 kW / 265 PS and 350 Newton metres of torque – the dynamic effect is just as striking as the running gear which provides optimal traction characteristics thanks to, amongst other things, the new front axle differential lock XDS.
During acceleration, braking and steering processes, chassis damping is stiffened in fractions of a second to optimally meet vehicle dynamic requirements.
The Scirocco R is an impressively good match for the Focus RS across B-roads, where its more pliable set-up compensates for the Ford’s mechanical limited-slip differential.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Volkswagen
Type of car Production car
Year 2010

power & handling

Maximum hp 265 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 258 ft-lb @ 2,500 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,984 cc
Fuels Gas

physical dimensions

Width 71.7 in
Height 54.9 in
Length 167.2 in
Wheelbase 101.5 in

road tests

Top speed 155 mph


Drivetrain FWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
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