Spies have caught the Scirocco R in the vicinity of the Nürburgring. It looked very sporty with a number of new exterior parts. Power is thought to be around 272hp from the 2.0-litre turbo engine.

We love this time of year when the northern hemisphere thaws and gates at the Nürburgring are wide open, for it is then that cars like this Volkswagen Scirocco R go play in the "green hell." The spied car was caught in ‘Ring traffic as it made its way around. It featured a new front bumper, a different look on the sides and rear. Overall it seemed to be a sportier-looking car than the standard one.

Relaunched in 2008 after 16 years of absence, the Scirocco was brought back for those who enjoy a spirited drive in a two-door sports coupe but whose pockets don't quite go Cayman S deep. Engines supplied include a 1.4TSI with 118kW (160hp) and a 147kW (200hp) 2.0-litre mill. This is the same engine to be used in the Scirocco R where it will make a rumoured 200kW (272hp).

According to spy sources VW is planning to launch the car at the 24h Nürburgring race which begins 21 May and at the same time reveal its cousin the Golf R20 with the same engine.


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