6 years into VW’s sexy coupe’s lifespan, it’s received a face-lift to the tune of the Golf 7 GTI and a power injection to the whole range, including the R, which is now up to 206kW.
The Scirocco range has been given an extensive exterior revamp. Newly designed front and rear bumpers feature redesigned H7 or bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights, while the front bumper design now mimics that of the Golf 7 GTI. The rear VW logo has also now been upgraded with the added functionality of being the boot-lid handle. Also available will be newly designed 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, whilst the ‘rocco R spec alloys are now available to be specced on lower models in the range.
Inside, the Scirocco has been updated in numerous ways. Equipped with sport seats and a leather steering wheel as standard, the interior features new materials and colour schemes. A new Dynaudio Excite sound system has been developed for the Scirocco. New to the Scirocco design is an element harking back to the original Scirocco, with auxiliary instruments displayed in a panel above the centre console on the dash. Additional elements have been revised in the coupe, such as the air vents and touch screen surrounds with an aluminium finish.
The revised Scirocco features an updated engine line-up, with better fuel efficiency and more power on tap. The range of 4 TSI petrol engines ranges from a 1.4TSI in 2 states of tune (92kW and 132kW) to a 2.0TSI engine developing 162kW. The range-topping R now develops 206kW in all markets from its 2.0-litre turbocharged unit. The 2 diesel variants, both 2-litre engines, develop 110kW and 135kW, while using only 4.1- and 4.3l/100km respectively.
All models are available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or VW’s DSG transmission. It is important to note that this is only a face lift, and that the new Scirocco is due for a 2016 reveal with a new MQB chassis underpinning the next generation.