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VW gives the Scirocco the R treatment


AT THE 1974 Geneva Motor Show, a sleek new Volkswagen hatchback coupé made its debut.

Forty years and over a million sales later, the Volkswagen Scirocco is preparing to return to Geneva with a new range of advanced engines that offer up to 206kW yet also promise fuel efficiency improvements without compromising its dynamic performance.

On the outside, the Scirocco’s stylish shape has been refined and modernised with new head- and tail lights, as well as revised bumper styling.

The revised front bumper features aerodynamic ‘blades’ in the outer section, like those of the latest-generation Golf GTI, with integrated indicator, fog and daytime running lights. On models fitted with the optional bi-xenon headlights, the daytime running lights are LEDs within the main headlights.  At the rear, all Sciroccos now have LED tail lights while the bumper has been reshaped to appear lower and more purposeful.  As on a Golf, the Volkswagen logo badge now has an additional purpose: functioning as the tailgate release handle.

As before, the range-topping Scirocco R has a distinct look, with bespoke bumpers and alloy wheels. The Scirocco R now comes as standard with 18-inch ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels as on the Golf R.  The rest of the range also receives new alloy wheel designs, including the option of the ‘Talladega’ alloy previously reserved for the ‘R’.

Inside, the dashboard has been updated, with new-look dials and an auxiliary instrument cluster above the centre console, consisting of chronometer, charge pressure and oil temperature gauges, a tribute to the 1974 model.

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