|The revised Volkswagen Scirocco which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March is set to go on sale in the United Kingdom. The 2014 VW Scirocco range comes complete with plenty of desirable add-ons and performance-oriented upgrades.|
Externally, the Scirocco has retained the current generation’s outlook, although VW claimed that shape of Scirocco has been refined and modernized with new headlights and LED rear lights, as well as a revised rear bumper. Up front, the revised front bumper features aerodynamic ‘blades’ in the outer section, like those on the latest-generation Golf GTI, with integrated indicator lights, LED DRLs (daytime running lights) and fog lights. Bi-xenon headlights and added items are optional. As on a Golf, the VW logo badge now has an additional purpose: functioning as the tailgate release handle. The standard Scirocco has 17-inch ‘Long Beach’ wheels.
The range-topping Scirocco R has a distinct look, with bespoke bumpers and 19-inch ‘Talladega’ or ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels. Aside from the rims, the R-Line version has R-Line-specific bumpers, side skirts, scuff plates and ‘R’ steering, as well as R Line-specific handbrake and gear lever, ‘carbon-look’ dash inserts, and the ‘Vienna’ leather sports seats. The Cadiz wheels are specific for the top-of-the-line Scirocco R, as do the chrome-look door mirror caps, Bi-Xenons, lowered sports suspension, DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) and a color multifunction trip computer.
Inside, the dashboard has been updated, with new-look dials and an auxiliary instrument cluster above the center console, consisting of chronometer, charge pressure and oil temperature gauges. Related main standard features for the Scirocco are height-adjustable sports seats and a multifunction leather-covered steering (with paddleshifts on DSG versions).
Four interior trim levels are available: Scirocco, GT, R-Line and R, with the entry level Scirocco incorporating an RCD 510 touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio, six-disc CD changer; automatic headlights and wipers; and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. The GT version gets the RNS 315 touchscreen navigation system; dual-zone climate control a/c; dark-tinted rear windows; 18-inch ‘Interlagos’ alloy wheels; front fog lights; front and rear parking sensors; a black roof lining; ‘chequered flag’ dash inserts and aluminium-look pedals; and cloth/ Alcantara upholstery.
Under the bonnet are six new turbocharged direct-injection petrol and diesel engines, all of which meet EU6 emissions standards. All versions in the range except the R now feature BlueMotion Technology modifications, meaning they come as standard with Stop/Start and also brake energy recuperation systems.
The petrol range consists of a 1.4-liter petrol with 125 PS (was 122), and a new 2.0-liter 180 PS unit which replaces the previous 1.4-liter 160 PS unit. Despite an increase in capacity and power, it is more economical than the unit it replaces. The previous 2.0-liter TSI 210 PS has been replaced with a 220 PS unit that is also 19 per cent more fuel efficient. The new Scirocco R uses a 2.0l unit producing 280 PS: 15 PS more than before. The two available diesel engines are both 2.0-liter units, with either 150 PS or 184 PS.
The 1.4-liter TSI comes only with a six-speed manual gearbox, while all other engines come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox with the option of a six-speed DSG gearbox.
Prices for the regular Scirocco in the UK runs from £20,455.00 to £24,675.00, and up to £33,795.00 for the top flight Scirocco R.
Edited: Volkswagen UK