Officially Official: Volkswagen unveils 321-hp Scirocco GT24

After releasing two images of the 300+ horsepower Volkswagen Scirocco that will take place in the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring, Volkswagen has finally released the official press release along with new detailed images of the car.

We’ve been reporting that the Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 will produce 300 horsepower however official figures come in at 321 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Power comes from a 2.0L 16-valve direct injection unit with a turbocharger and intercooler. The engine is mated to dual-clutch DSG gearbox which is also available on the production Scirocco.

Man we’d love to have a production model of these running around in the U.S.

Volkswagen Scirocco GT24:




Press Release:

World premiere of the Scirocco GT24 with 325 PS

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.

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