Fastest ever VW now available to orderVW announces prices for VW Golf R and Scirocco
03 November 2009
VW has revealed prices and specifications for the rapid new Golf R and Scirocco R models.
These performance models have hefty price tags, but boast superb acceleration and sporty styling - indeed, the Golf R is the fastest accelerating Golf ever.
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Developed by Volkswagen Individual - VW’s special projects division - both the Golf R and Scirocco R are powered by 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines that produce 266bhp and 261bhp respectively.
Both models come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but can be ordered with an optional DSG paddleshift automatic with steering wheel controls for £1,300 extra. And, while the Scirocco R remains front-wheel drive like the rest of the range, the Golf R has a new four-wheel drive system that claims to give greater grip and agility.
Scirocco R: 155mph
The Scirocco R can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 6.0 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155mph. Official fuel economy remains respectable at 34.9mpg combined, with CO2 emissions of 189g/km.
Specify the DSG semi-automatic transmission, and not only does the 0-62mph drop to 5.8 seconds, but the environmental figures improve too – down to 35.3mpg and 187g/km. Impressive.
Golf R: fastest Volkswagen ever
The Golf R, however, goes even further to become the fastest accelerating road car VW has ever produced. It scorches to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds - that’s 0.2 seconds faster than the 301bhp Ford Focus RS - before going on to the same electronically limited 155mph top speed.
Again, the optional DSG transmission makes the Golf R go even quicker, with 0-62mph falling to 5.5 seconds. It returns 33.2mpg while emitting 199g/km CO2 with the manual gearbox, 33.6mpg and 195g/km with the DSG.
Sporty looks inside and out
Standard equipment for both cars includes bespoke sports bodywork, LED daylight running lights, Xenon headlights, gloss black wing mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch alloys are optional, and available in a gloss black finish on the Golf. Roof spoilers and twin-exit exhausts sprout from the rear of both the Scirocco and Golf.
On the inside additional equipment includes R-branded sports seats, piano black trim with silver highlights, new dials and additional R logos.
Prices start at £26,945 for the Volkswagen Scirocco R. The VW Golf R is available in three-door guise from £28,930 and five-door guise from £29,515 - that's a lot of money for a hot hatchback in anyone's books...so don't expect the Golf R to steal too many sales from the cheaper, popular .
Scirocco GT gets faster
In other Scirocco news, the previously range-topping 2.0-litre TSI petrol turbo model has been upgraded to the same 207bhp engine as the latest Golf GTI. This also sees a slight improvement in economy and emissions figures, and a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds for both manual and DSG equipped versions.
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