After 35 years, VW’s sport coupe is back! It may be a Golf GTI underneath the body work but the Scirocco is 40mm longer, 51mm wider and a full 97mm lower at the roofline than the GT. But that is not the full story here.
Although, we stated some prejudice statements in the past in the direction of this new sports car, we decided to give it a go with one of the tuned variants on the market today; the Sportec Scirocco SC 300. In the end it proved to be a mix of delicious design from Volkswagen and a superb power output from Sportec putting a surprisingly big smile on our faces.
A third of a century has elapsed since Volkswagen launched the Mk 1, but over time nothing has really changed. The new car shows the same setup as the cult Scirocco did back then. It is still essentially a three-door coupe-hatchback. Main competitors? We think it will definitely take sales from the other chic coupe, the Audi TT, as well as its brother the Golf GTI.
Under the bonnet you will find five engine options; three petrol TSI twincharged engines producing 122bhp (90kW), 160bhp (118kW) or 200bhp (147kW) and two common rail 2.0TDI diesel engines producing 140bhp (103kW) and 170bhp (125kW). All engines are standard delivered with a six-speed manual gearbox, as option VW’s dual-clutch DSG with paddle shifters is available for the chosing. Other packages don’t differ that much from the GTI. The standard set includes six airbags, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and ABS with hydraulic brake assist.
But let’s focus on the setup Jero Design – Sportec Benelux Dealership – handed to us for a test drive. Sportec established a technical package for the Scirocco, which takes the vehicle into a different league of handling and power production. The SC 300 is based on a standard Sirocco 2.0T FSI and equipped with some decent tuning refinements.
First of all the performance stage 3. The full kit includes a performance upgrade through ECU reprogramming, sports air filter, sports catalytic converter, high performance exhaust system, larger intercooler kit and turbocharger developed by Sportec. The performance gain for this kit is a maximum performance of 257kW (350hp) at 5900rpm and a maximum torque of 480Nm at 2300-5000rpm. Just as a comparison the standard setup for this engine is a maximum of 147kW (200bhp) between 5100-6000rpm and a maximum torque of 280Nm at 1700-5000rpm. The top speed was increased to a breathtaking 280km/h, an increase of more than 20 percent. Acceleration of 0-100km/h (0-60mph) is 1.2 seconds quicker than the factory setup. In 5.9 seconds you will reach 100km/h. It is clear that Sportec increased the figures drastically. For insiders, the figures smash the brand new Scirocco R.
For other engine types Sportec offers three other stages. A performance stage boosting the 1.4TSI up to 147kW (200hp) and the 2.0TSI up to 176kW (240hp) or 198kW (270hp). Both latter ones are petrol engine stage 1 and 2. For the 2.0TDI common rail engine the Swiss tuner has a stage tuning kit up to 125kW (170hp). Each package contains parts surfing the task of better handling and drivability.
But let’s get back to the SC 300. The Candy White body color unveiled more surprises, such as a sports suspension with more sportive shock absorbers and springs lowering the car up to 35mm. A setting of 30mm up to 60mm is possible on request. Sportec also changed the brake kit setup with a 355x32mm two-piece ventilated brake assembly on all four wheels. The brake calipers are painted in the color of the car and have the Sportec logo.
Also the exterior looks got some decent enhancements. The wheels are Sportec rims mono 10 forged 9 x 20