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Volkswagen unveils the sports-orientated Scirocco Studie R concept at Bologna

8 Dec 2008

VOLKSWAGEN chose last week's Bologna motor show to show off the Scirocco Studie R concept car.

Taking its inspiration from the Scirocco GT24 racing car revealed last month, the Studie R serves as a taster to the expected upcoming R version of the Golf-based four-seater coupe that has not been given the green light for Australian sales.

If Volkswagen clears the path for the Studie R to go into production, it will probably not appear before 2010.

Whether it ends up being the rumoured R20T-series Scirocco that is thought to be in development – as a stablemate to the established Golf R32, Passat R36 and Touareg R50 – remains to be seen.

Under the bonnet is a tuned and worked version of Volkswagen’s 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering almost 200kW of power.

3 center imageClosely related to the unit found in the Audi S3, it is not known whether the production vehicle would also use the Haldex all-wheel drive system, or if the hottest Scirocco will retain a front-wheel drive layout.

Besides the bodykit and massive roof-mounted rear spoiler, the Studie R boasts firmer and lowered suspension, 19-inch triple-spoke alloy wheels and a set of oval-section sports exhaust outlets.

Inside there are Recaro sports racing seats, carbon-fibre trimmings and coloured stitching on the steering wheel.

The white paintwork features red and white stripes with a ‘Bolognia 08’ script down the side flanks, in apparent lip service to the Italian motor show the Studie R debuted at.

According to Volkswagen Australia spokesman Karl Gehling, there is still no word as to if or when we will ever see the Scirocco in any form - but it is still very much on the company wish list.

Reports suggest that cost constraints and limited availability are hampering the Scirocco’s case for the Australian market.

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