Ignition Takes Volkswagen Scirocco R for a Spin

By Matthew Askari | November 07, 2013
The Volkswagen Scirocco R is not on sale in America, but that doesn't mean we can't play with it. A few weeks back we hopped into the Volkswagen enthusiast's delight and came away confused. We absolutely loved the Scirocco. While the Scirocco has similar power to the Golf R—the car that wears VW's hot hatch crown in the U.S.—it sends it all to the front wheels, versus the Golf R's 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Both sound fantastic, love diving into a corner, and leave the driver with a huge, satisfied grin. But there are differences beyond the drive setup, including one very pronounced one, in the exterior styling.
The VW Scirocco R is aggressive, sleek, and alluring in ways the classically-styled, sporty Golf R is not. It takes the R's styling and cranks the dial up, and what results is—for us anyway—pure eye candy. So why don't we have it in America? As we mentioned, Volkswagen openly admits concerns over cannibalizing sales of the VW GTI three-door hatchback. There's also the issue of regulating the engine for the U.S. market, a costly endeavor that wouldn't pay off financially. But the automaker didn't rule out the Scirocco coming to the U.S. on the new 2015 Volkswagen Golf architecture. But before that, the Golf, GTI, possibly the Volkswagen GTD that we got to test in Germany earlier this summer, and the next Golf R would all have to come first. Basically, we're still a handful of years out, and there's still no guarantee.
Carlos Lago and the Ignition crew took the Scirocco R for a spin. Impressively, the hot hatch recorded Motor Trend's fasted forward-wheel drive time in the figure eight, and tied the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, and Audi S4. Not bad company, if you ask us. What did Ignition make of V-Dub's Euro-delight? You can watch the video below, to find out.