2008 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24
2008 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 Specifications
|Layout||Front Engine, FWD|
|Transmission||6 Speed DSG Paddle Shifted Manual|
|Engine Type||16-Valve Direct Injection Turbocharged/Intercooled 4 Cylinder|
|2008 24 Hours Nurburgring||11th Overall, 1st in 2.0 Turbo Class|
Base Price: 2008 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 - Racing Version Only - N/A
VW Scirocco GT24 Endurance Racing Car Is Class Winner at 2008 24 Hours Nurburgring
The VW Scirocco has caused quite a bit of excitement among car enthusiasts who have refused to give up on Volkswagen after all these years. The new 2009 Scirocco has been met with a huge reception in the European markets, and as a promotional piece and standing on its own.
The high performance VW Scirocco GT24 was developed as an attempt at one of the most demanding endurance races in the world, the 24 Hours Nurburgring.
The Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 develops a hair more than 320 horsepower coming from a 16 valve turbocharged 2.0 liter direct injection 4 cylinder engine. Perhaps more notably, the Scirocco GT24 uses a DSG transmission that is almost exactly the same unit found in the production 2009 Scirocco, which should be good news to VW tuners looking to this exciting sports coupe for tuning purposes.
So how did the Scirocco GT24, in full endurance racing trim, fare at Nurburgring this year? Quite well. The 2.0 liter Volkswagen took 11th place overall at the 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race, pitted against the finest Porsche 911-based endurance racers in the world and teams that spanned the globe. 11th place was also good enough for a class victory for the Scirocco GT24, which took home the crown for a 2.0 liter turbo class in which there were many entries.
Now, how about bringing the 2009 Scirocco to the United States? Are you listening, VW? Please?
World premiere of the Scirocco GT24 with 325 PS
Official Volkswagen Press Release
Wolfsburg, 22 May 2008 - Volkswagen will present the world premiere of a 239 kW (325 PS) version of the new Scirocco today at the legendary GTI Meet at Wörther Lake. For two days later, a team of legendary drivers will start the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in the sports version of the Scirocco. Thus, the new Scirocco will be in the spotlight at two cult events for car enthusiasts at the same time.
Volkswagen is presenting the racing version of the Scirocco GT24 at Wörther Lake in a world premiere. "This car doesn't need to be driven to look fast. The Scirocco GT24 with the blue-white finish sits so low on its extended wheel wells that a hand will not fit between the wheel arch and the tyre.
Yet the race car remains unmistakeably a Scirocco from every angle. Just even wider, even longer and even lower," says Volkswagen Chairman for Development Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, who will not be passing up the opportunity to sit behind the wheel in the race in the Eiffel. The 325 PS Scirocco will also be driven during the race by legendary drivers like rally world champion Carlos Sainz and Hans-Joachim Stuck, three-time winner of the 24-hour Nürburgring race.
Incidentally, "Striezel" Stuck won the very first 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 1970. Now, thirty-eight years later, the Scirocco GT24 is competing. It draws its power from only two litres displacement: the 16-valve direct injection engine with a turbocharger and intercooler delivers its maximum torque of 340 Newton metres beginning from only 2,100 rpm. Gear changes are executed by a dual clutch gearbox (DSG), which is also available for the production model.
The idea of an affordable dream car was born in the 70s with the first Scirocco. The success of this two-seat sport coupe continued for nearly 20 years, during which time more than 360,000 Sciroccos were built. The enthusiasm for this car has been uninterrupted since Volkswagen presented the new version of the Scirocco at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The new car appears to have struck a chord with car buyers and will pick up with the success of the original Scirocco which, in the mean time, has developed into a cult car.