VW Scirocco Study R revealed in Bologna

 VW Scirocco Study R revealed in Bologna
VW Scirocco Study R

It seems VW may have mixed up their motor shows lately. Last week the ornamentally trimmed out Scirocco Exclusive Edition debuted at the youthful fire breathing Essen Motor Show which focuses on high performance tuning and styling to the extreme. And now VW reveals this hot street version of the Nurburgring double winner Scirocco GT24 at mainstream focused Bologna show?

Regardless, the Scirocco Study R forecasts what we can expect to see when it replaces the Golf R32 towards the end of 2009 as the rumored R20T. The Study R is powered by the same 2.0-liter TFSI engine found in the current Audi S3 but produces 5hp more for a total of 270hp (198kW). Transmission is a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox and other goodies include adjustable coilover suspension, four-piston brake calipers and sound-optimized exhaust system.

The exterior is distinguished with a close resembling GT24 front bumper fascia and hood vents, integrated headlamp daytime driving LEDs, colored side view mirror housings, roof spoiler, rear bumper fascia with fitted dual exhaust diffuser design.

[UPDATE] Press release and 5 photos added in hi-res


Published Dec 3, 2008 6:14 am By Brian Potter

Bologna Motor Show 2008 - Scirocco Studie R - world premiere

From the Nürburgring race track to the street:

  • Volkswagen presents street version of the Scirocco GT24
  • Scirocco Studie R brings race car technology to the street
  • Design of the Scirocco Studie R emulates endurance race car

It was a triumphant drive: in May 2008, three Scirocco GT24 cars lined up at the start of the 24-hour endurance race on the Nürburgring track. At the wheel: driving legends the likes of Hans-Joachim Stuck and Carlos Sainz. The teams drove two 238 kW / 325 PS strong race cars to a dual victory at the finish line, first and second in their class. Now Volkswagen is presenting a street version of the race car at the Bologna Motor Show: the Scirocco Studie R. A genuine Grand Tourismo with a 198 kW / 270 PS engine that delivers aggressive propulsive power. This power is distributed by a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. Adapted directly from car racing are the coilovers, the four-piston brake calipers and a sound-optimized exhaust system with its oval, polished tailpipes.

Visually, in many respects the concept emulates the race car version. Take the front end, for example: here the design adheres to the motto "Form follows function"; it features three large air inlet openings that guarantee optimal cooling of the brakes and engine. The front splitter that was added minimizes aerodynamic lift of the front axle. Also adopted from the racing version is the engine hood with its auxiliary air vents.

The rear end is dominated by an integrated rear wing and distinctive diffuser in the lower section of the bumper. These two components reduce lift at the rear axle substantially. Despite the aerodynamic design derived from car racing, a clear stylistic resemblance to the production Scirocco was preserved. Identifying characteristics of its side profile are the new side skirts and polished 19-inch alloy wheels with five sets of triple spokes. The wheels were specially developed for the Scirocco Studie R.

The radiator screen, diffuser and underside of the rear spoiler are treated in high-gloss black, and this provides a strong contrast to the white exterior paint. Supplemented by a "Bologna 08" badge, red and green stylistic elements on a white background create an Italian tricolor. The outside mirrors are also coordinated with this color scheme.


Italy's national colors are also represented in the interior. White and black create the basic theme, similar to the exterior car color. The seams of the Recaro racing shell seats, steering wheel, front armrest, gearshift lever trim and floor mat edging are designed in the colors of the tricolor. Inside, nappa leather in "Deep black" and "Berry white" is applied to the uncompromisingly designed racing shell seat. The shell seats are upholstered with a deep black leather in carbon look. An eye-catching feature here is the conspicuous yet refined contrast of low and high-gloss elements of the carbon structure. Interior accents also consist of genuine carbon composites. The footwell features aluminum pedals specially designed for this vehicle.


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Comments (6)

Great car performance wise - I'd not argue with that - but the rear wing - although good for the track - just looks plain silly on the street. Poor choice of alloy wheels and tailipipes that don't seem to integrate with the rear (should be slash cut to same angle as rear skirt). Surprised this is actually produced by VW... looks like a bad tuning kit to me.
Dec 4, 2008 9:49 am
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Umm... I prefer the sleeker stock model. The real Golf GTI is the one to go for real peformance from a hatch.
Dec 3, 2008 6:41 pm
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What's wrong with VW, why don't they care about the interior as the care about the exterior looks? it's a new car! don't just copy the golf with a new external shape !
Dec 3, 2008 4:55 pm
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Dude quit drugs.
Dec 3, 2008 3:24 pm
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I think it looks too much like the normal version. I would take the MKVI GTI instead.
Dec 3, 2008 1:25 pm
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The door mirror housings are not both red as standard -- they are picking up the theme of the racing stripes which I am assuming are Italian tricolore based on this car because it is at Bologna. How this would work in production I am unsure, as they are going to have to limit the number of flag/door mirror colour options. And ar ethose bonnet vents real? I hope so. It will aid cooling but also send air to an area that generates lift on most cars.
Dec 3, 2008 12:05 pm
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