Golf R becomes VW's fastest (by acceleration) production car even doing the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 5.5 seconds.

The VW Scirocco R and the Golf R models are now on available for order in the U.K. market.

Both models are powered by VW's 2.0 liter TSI engine, producing slightly varied power outputs in each. The Scirocco R comes with 265 hp while the Golf R gets a nominally higher 270 hp. Both have the same torque rating at 258 lb-ft or 350 Nm.

Standard gearbox for both is a 6-speed manual while the DSG transmission (a sequential 6-peed, dual-clutch gearbox) can be had for £1,300 (1,450 euros).

The two models differ on the rest of the drivetrain, though. The Scirocco R is a front-wheel drive fitted with VW's XDS electronic cross-axle traction control system to insure as optimal a management of all that power going through the front wheels as possible. The Golf R comes with VW's 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with a new pre-charged hydraulic system to better match torque to traction.

With this new variant the Golf R now becomes VW's fastest ever production vehicle by acceleration, clocking the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 5.5 seconds with the DSG gearbox (5.7 with the manual). The Scirocco R's numbers are 5.8 (DSG) and 6.0 seconds (manual), respectively.

The models are made distinct by a front bumper with LED lights, triple air intakes, roof mounted spoiler, a rear diffuser and dual exhaust pipes. 18-inch wheels are standard with 19-inch as optional.

Pricing starts at £26,945 (30,040 euros) for the Scirocco R and £28,930 (32,250 euros) for the Golf R.

See the press release for full details.