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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

VW Scirocco R is the street legal version of Scirocco GT24

Two VW Scirocco GT24 have won in their category at last year's edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the most important races of the world. The cars have called so much attention VW decided to test if the public would be interested in such a car in street legal version with the Studie R. Apparently, the reaction has been the best one possible, once the final version of the car, called Scirocco R, has been presented for the first time today.

The new car will be presented in parallel with another very important event, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Five Scirocco R will also compete, in order to present the dynamic capabilities of the car.

Equipped with a 2.0 TSI engine that has been tuned to produce 265 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 350 Nm at 2,500 rpm, the car uses 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/40 R18 tyres and is able to reach a top speed of 250 km/h (eletronically governed). Acceleration times depend on the sort of gearbox you choose. If you prefer to have a six-speed manual, which weighs 1,333 kg, going from 0 to 100 km/h will take you 6.5 s. If you would rather have a DSG transmission, 20 kg heavier (1,353 kg), you will be 0.1 s faster (6.4 s). The six-speed DSG is also a little more frugal in fuel consumption: 12,2 km/l against 12 km/l of the Scirocco R with manual transmission.

Technology not only helps to make the car faster and more environmentally friendly, but also to keep it on track with the electronically controlled limited slip differential called XDS. In other words, it helps the front wheel drive Scirocco drive like a rear wheel drive car by avoiding understeer, according to VW. We would like to evaluate that one day. In fact, we would love to evaluate the entire car, which seems to be one of the finest pieces of engineering VW has produced in a long time.

Source: VW

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