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Volkswagen adds sporty GT TDI to Scirocco lineup

 

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The Scirocco GT TDI offers fuel economy of 44mpg (5.3L/100km) yet can comfortably reach a top speed of 222km/h

The Scirocco GT TDI offers fuel economy of 44mpg (5.3L/100km) yet can comfortably reach a top speed of 222km/h

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It’s bad enough that Volkswagen has ruled out its handsome Scirocco Coupe for U.S. sale, but to add insult to injury the carmaker in the process of developing a range of new exciting performance versions. While the 270hp (201kW) R20 model seen testing in Germany is still several months away from launch, a new performance diesel variant of the Scirocco has just been launched.

The car is fitted with the same 2.0L turbodiesel engine as the recently revealed Golf GTD and is rated at 170hp (127kW) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque. This engine fully complies with tough Euro 5 emissions standards, yet still accelerates the car from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds when equipped with VW’s six-speed DSG (a six-speed manual is also available). At full-throttle, the Scirocco GT TDI will be able to reach a top speed of around 222km/h.

While the acceleration figures don’t seem that impressive for the GT TDI, the torquey nature of the engine and low-end pulling power should ensure performance fans won’t be too disappointed - the peak torque of 258lb-ft (350Nm) comes on at just 1,750rpm. However, fuel consumption is where the car really shines, with a claimed fuel-economy of 44.4mpg (5.3L/100km) for the European cycle. Combine this with the car’s 55L fuel tank and theoretically it will be able to drive over 1,000km on a single fill.

In keeping with the performance nature of the car, VW’s Adaptive Chassis Control damper adjustment is fitted as standard. The system allows the driver to select from normal, comfort or sport modes to define the desired suspension and steering response settings for the conditions.

Other standard features include a six-stacker CD player, six airbags, electronic stability control and optional 19in Lugano wheels.

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  1. They can keep the car, but they can offer that interior color (from the Golf), for my next GTI.
     
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  2. I want that engine and the GTD here in the States
     
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  3. Way to boost sales in North America - don't offer your most attractive models.
     
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  4. Dam, with those figures i want one. Please send them to the US,
     
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  5. This car is such a tease, damn you Volkswagen for not selling it overseas.
     
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  6. Way to boost sales in North America - don't offer your most attractive models.

    I am sure not many would consider the Scirocco more attractive, appearance design-wise, than the Golf or GTI. I would much prefer they offer more premium drivetrains and options for the NA Golf & GTI models.
     
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  7. I love the design of this car!
     
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  8. Scirocco would definitely perform way better in every situation than Golf/GTI, being such a good looking sports hatch is just a plus which is why Volkswagen is limiting it's sales overseas so as not to compete and most likely take sales away from Golf range.
    And that is quite frustrating.
     
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  9. I envy europe for all of the options they have. Just let North America have the nicer model for once.

    Always taking the ugly one for the team I guess.
     
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