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(2011) VW Scirocco R – Driven

VW Scirocco R

you can think of the Scirocco R as the naughty cousin throwing mud in everyone’s faces.

Before you start reading this, there is one thing you must get out of your head. The Scirocco isn’t just a funny shaped golf for tiny people in the back. It so much more than that… for tiny people in the back.

The Scirocco R shares a couple of bits and pieces with the Golf R. For one, they share an engine. The same 2.0-litre power plant powering the Golf R to 189kW powers the Scirocco.

But where the Golf R is a really well behaved car, you can think of the Scirocco R as the naughty cousin throwing mud in everyone’s faces.

The Scirocco doesn’t have the 4motion system the Golf R has, it’s just simply got front wheel drive. Heck, even the sunroof doesn’t open all the way, just lifts a little at the back.

The styling on the Scirocco R is nice and ‘fresh’. It looks pretty damn good. From every angle.

The front grill looks menacing, coupled with daytime driving LEDs it draws a fair amount of attention. And deservedly so.

Visibility out the back isn’t great, but then again you likely won’t be looking out the back very much. It’s probably best to concentrate on what’s rapidly approaching in front of you.

Inside it’s pretty standard VW, with a couple of visual treats that make it unique. The inner door handles are an odd triangular shape, there are ‘R’ badges all over the place and the back seat is for kids or kid sized adults.

The wheels are also genetically related to the Golf R. And if you look closely there are even ‘R’ badges on the brake calipers.

Behind the the 3 spoke racing wheel you’ll find yourself in a comfy molded bucket seat. This is a good thing. When your tyres are screaming through the corners you won’t want to find yourself on your passenger’s lap. Related, make sure you buckle up!

That’s all the cosmetic stuff. The Scirocco stands out in the VW range as a pretty unique car.

An optional extra on the Scirocco R is the dynamic chassis system. This allows you to choose between a hard ride, and a very hard ride. This car is for people who want to race. If your 9-5 requires you sit in 2 hours of traffic both ways then you’re better off looking for something else to drive.

Handling is sharp. Point it into a corner and the car will handle properly. Slight understeer to keep you on your toes, and a bunch of torque steer in a straight line. The perfect recipe for a fun weekend drive.

What will impress you the most though is the noise. There is only one way to drive the Scirocco R, and that’s nice and hard. The engine has a little blow-off valve that dumps pressure when you change gears. It’s a gargling type of sound that’s totally addictive.

Accelerate, change up, slow down, change down, accelerate change up, slow down, change down. Repeat.

Flat out on a straight stretch you’ll be grinning like a little girl! I can honestly say is the most fun car I drove in 2011.


4 Responses to “(2011) VW Scirocco R – Driven”

  1. Doug
    May 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Great write-up, excellent photos. Keep up the good work, Shawn.

    • admin
      May 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      Thanks. Got a huge backlog I’m trying to plough through.

  2. Jowhara
    June 6, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Great write up !! Had everyone in the office reading it this morning and ogling over the pictures. Keep it up.

  3. Hans Mol
    August 7, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Lekker article and superb pics – Tempting!

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