Whatever- the Scirocco in R trim, inspired by the 2009 Scirocco GT 24 racers that dominated their class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, just plain cranks. The R-specific exhaust makes a good enough sound, too, and optional handsome 8x19 "Talladega" design wheels (18-inch is standard) with Bridgestone Potenza treads never once blew their chance to hook up even at peak boost. The 13.6-inch front and 12.2-inch diameter rear brake discs with black enameled calipers did a great job all day long under sincere hammering.

With the DCC option, which monitors steering assistance, damper firmness, and throttle response, it all works as advertised, and even better when in Sport mode where the R's electromechanical steering takes on the PQ35 chassis' tightest feel. The Scirocco's center of gravity is already low-overall height is three inches less than a GTI-but the R setup takes it a half inch lower still. Working with Porsche Engineering in Weissach (it's all in the family now), Wolfsburg added 30 percent stiffer springs than on base Sciroccos (still less stiff than on the new GTI though) and slightly softer sway bars, resulting in a brilliant balance between rigidity and comfort.

Indulging and staying in the higher revs, the R scoots to 60 mph in an estimated 5.9 seconds via the manual six and in 5.7 seconds with the DSG using 3200-rpm launch control. Conrods, the header and its bolts have all been beefed up accordingly to handle all this drama, too.

Cosmetically, the Scirocco R gets you larger front chin intakes and integrated front spoiler, a black rear diffuser and mirror housings, more pronounced rear spoiler and side sills in body color, smoked rear light lenses, bi-xenon headlamps, the chromed dual exhaust, black calipers, and Talladega wheels. Inside, the seats get sportier and wear a standard "Kyalami" cloth look, there are brushed-aluminum accents, the steering wheel is from the Golf VI GTI, and R logos are a-bloom. Besides the R tuned powertrain, the XDS front differential action is standard, as are the stiffer springs and third level of Sport steering should one opt for the DCC system. Broad-shouldered ultimate motorsport seats as offered on the R32 and GTI go on the options list come June.

Though the EA113 2.0 TSI is not from the most recent four-cylinder family, it is, according to VW, the version best suited to sit in the pumped '10 Scirocco R. The newer-version EA888 2.0 TSI for now can be found in the 208-hp Scirocco and the Golf VI GTI, as well as the super-proto GT24 Nürburgring endurance cars. This EA113 can also be found in the upcoming 266-hp Golf R with latest-generation Haldex four-wheel drive. It's that Golf R that will most likely make its way over to North America to lay all R32 V6 sentimentality to rest.

In the first two weeks of taking orders for the Scirocco R, more than 1,500 units were reserved and paid for. The manual transmission take rate has been 30 percent.

But why should I care? We're not getting it. Lower Saxon tough love is what it is.

2010 VW Scirocco R

Layout
Transverse front engine, front-wheel drive

Engine
2.0-liter I4, dohc, 16-valve, turbocharged

Transmission
Six-speed manual; optional six-speed DSG automated manual

Suspension
McPherson struts with Sachs dampers and 15% stiffer Mubea springs, lower wishbone control arms (f), Sachs/Mubea setup with four-link scheme (r); anti-roll bars (f/r)

Brakes
Four-piston aluminum monoblock calipers front/rear; 13.6-inch inner ventilated steel discs (f), 12.2-inch ventilated rotors (r) MSRP: $30,000 (est.)

Performance
Peak Power: 261 hp @ 6000 rpm
Peak Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
0-62 mph: 5.7 sec. (w/DSG)
Top Speed: 155 mph

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