Despite cries from the entire VW community to please, please, PLEASE bring this slant-roofed Golf variant with a colorful heritage of FWD hooliganism to the US, the powers that be at Volkswagen have steadfastly refused. Until now?
Classic Car Club Manhattan owner (and my boss) Zac Moseley was strolling to work this morning when this blue 'brake stopped him in his tracks. A guy who's driven everything from Alex Roy's Morgan 3 Wheeler to the outrageous 1000+ hp Shelby 1000 Mustang, and he's excited about this? Yes, and here's why:
The Scirocco R shares a its 2.0L turbo 4 with the Golf R, but the Scirocco drives only the front wheels. Dropping all-wheel-drive affords the Scirocco a 300lb weight advantage over the Golf, resulting in a .7 second quicker sprint to 60. It's not just about a slightly quicker 0-60 time though, the Scirocco R has much more to offer.
When the Golf R hits an electronic barrier at 127 mph, the Scirocco R will casually (or not so casually) stroll all the way to a truly impressive 157 mph. Not that uber high speeds like that matter in the US...right? But still, there's a lot to be excited about. The Scirocco R also out-grips the Golf R by almost .1 lateral G, with the help of aggressive summer rubber.
I did a little Google-ing and found another bit of interesting information on OppositeLock; veteran commenter and VW insider Jagvar posted this exact car back in April. So...does this mean some lucky sod from VW corporate has been thrashing a Scirocco R around the states for 6 months?!
Listen up Volkswagen; stop teasing us and start selling it stateside, PLEASE?!