Volkswagen fans, grab the nearest handkerchief to soak up your tears: the best-looking version of the Golf platform is updated ahead of its public debut in Geneva, and it's still not coming to the U.S.

The sleek coupe-hatch lines of the Scirocco have been updated, but like the Golf, Volkswagen knows not to mess with a good thing--too much, at least. Proportions, shapes and cues are all familiar, just crisper, cleaner, and, in some cases, higher-tech. Updated lighting options include bi-xenon headlights and LED tail lights. Inside, the Scirocco gets a few tweaks as well, including auxiliary instruments designed to pay tribute to the original Scirocco.

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Under the standard Scirocco's hood, you'll find a choice of two turbocharged gasoline engines, and two turbodiesels--all four-cylinders. The 1.4 TSI is good for 123 horsepower and 42 mpg in the European cycle, while the 2.0 TSI comes in two flavors, rated at 177 hp or 217 hp and up to 39 mpg. The 2.0 TDI diesel is the green choice, at a European rating of 57 mpg while still generating 147 horsepower and considerable torque; for those who desire a bit more go-fast with their diesel, there's another version as well, rated at 181 horsepower. All of these models also get standard stop-start function in Europe.

Of course, there's also the truly delectable Forbidden Fruit: the Scirocco R. Good for a lust-inducing 276 horsepower, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine gains about 10 horsepower over the previous version, and should be that much more smile-inducing.

A range of equipment updates and trim-level improvements have also been made, including a new Dynaudio Excite sound system and parking assist technology. A range of new exterior colors and 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheel options will also be available.

Performance specifics and more will be released upon the car's debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but don't expect a surprise U.S. announcement--as much as VW's American arm would love to bring the Scirocco here, it's just not in the plans right now.

The new Scirocco will hit European streets in August, 2014.


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