The new Volkswagen Scirocco may just be hitting the roads, but somehow tuner ABT Sportsline has already released their version of the swoopy hatch. Oh wait, no they haven't, these are just renderings. Yes, as has become common practice for tuners anxious to get a jump on the competition, ABT has resorted to releasing Photoshop-enhanced pictures of a standard Scirocco to display the aftermarket upgrade package they allegedly have. The car claims to bump up the power of the 2.0-liter engine to 240 HP, to be sent to your choice of gaudy, oversized rims. Of course, we can't get the Scirocco in America anyways, so we'd rather fantasize about the Scirocco GT24 Nürburgring endurance racer. Press release after the jump.
"The very first Scirocco was the absolute star amongst compact sport coupes”, reminisces Hans-Juergen Abt. The manager of the renowned car tuner is just as fascinated with the great-grandson of the Wolfsburger trend-setter: “The Scirocco looks really dynamic and the handling is very agile.” All the more so with the Kempten modifications. They really make a storm out of a desert wind: The ABT Front spoiler makes the unmistakable face of the coupe even more distinctive. Even while stationary it is clear, who the “king of the ring” or the street is, as the ABT Scirocco seems to virtually lie in ambush of the kilometers ahead of it. This impression is supported by the lines on its sides, where the ABT Side skirts absorb and continue the sleek design. The indicated air inlets and edges in the doors underline the verve of the bodywork which rises at the back. The ABT Scirocco looks aggressive and very dynamic. The view from behind is also impressive: The ABT Rear skirt set, consisting of a rear skirt and a diagonally attached 4-pipe rear muffler, forms a sporty unit together with the ABT Rear wing. ABT Sportsline recommends either its BR or AR alloys as an ideal complement to the extravagant body kit of the shooting star. The wheels are available in 18 to 20 inch and of course with fitting tires and wheel spacers. ABT also has, of course, springs in its product range. They make the Scirocco up to 30 millimeters lower – and thereby even more agile – on the road. The complete Upgrade Kit consists of the design pack, the 4-pipe rear muffler, the springs and complete wheel sets (19 inch AR alloys, diamond-machined and black, plus tires and wheel spacers) is available at the launch of the ABT Scirocco in January 2009 for a reasonable 5,990 Euros. Anything that has such dynamic charisma must also have convincing performance. ABT has therefore also developed power refinements for the VW engine. The 1.4 TSI now offers 200 HP (147 kW) on the road with ABT Power instead of 160 hp (11 kW), and the turbo diesel with two liter capacity 170 hp / 125 kW (standard: 140 hp / 103kW) The ABT Scirocco will be available with these upgrades from the start. Later on in the year the compact sports coupe will also be available with an increased-power 2.0 TSI. With it the car has 240 hp / 177 kW (standard: 200 hp / 147 kW). The brake pads of the ABT Braking system are able to cope with any situation, and with a diameter of 345 always grip powerfully. As is normal at ABT, all the details fit perfectly together and thereby result in a fascinating top range car. You can see that it comes from the very top of the range and want to drive it straight off. ABT Scirocco – facts and figures ABT ENGINE TECHNOLOGY Engine: 1.4 TSI, 1390 cc Power enhancement: ABT Power Performance: 200 HP/147 kW (basis: 160 HP/118 kW) Engine: 2.0 TSI, 1984 cc Power enhancement: ABT Power Performance: 240 HP/177 kW (basis: 200 HP/147 kW) Engine: 2.0 TDI, 1968 cc Power enhancement: ABT Power Performance: 170 HP/125 kW (basis: 140 HP/103 kW) ABT SPORTS WHEELS ABT BR sports wheel 18” diamond-machined 8,5 x 18, offset 50 ABT BR sports wheel 18” high-gloss polished 8,5 x 18, offset 50 ABT BR sports wheel 19” diamond-machined 8,5 x 19, offset 35 ABT BR sports wheel 19” high-gloss polished 8,5 x 19, offset 35 ABT BR sports wheel 20” diamond-machined 9,0 x 20, offset 40 ABT BR sports wheel 20” high-gloss polished 9,0 x 20, offset 40 ABT AR sports wheel 18” diamond-machined, deep black 8,5 x 18, offset 50 matted, only with wheel spacers (4x 15 mm) ABT AR sports wheel 19” diamond-machined, deep black 8,5 x 19, offset matted, only with wheel spacers (4x 15 mm) ABT AR sports wheel 20” diamond-machined 9,0 x 20, offset 40 ABT wheel spacers, full set incl. wheel bolts (4 x 15 mm) All sports wheels are also available as wheel set, including high performance tires ABT AERODYNAMICS ABT front skirt ABT side skirts ABT rear skirt, containing ABT rear skirt and ABT 4-pipe rear muffler ABT rear wing ABT insert for license plate ABT full package, containing ABT front skirt, ABT side skirts, ABT rear skirt package, ABT rear wing, ABT insert for license plate ABT EXHAUST TECHNOLOGY ABT rear skirt package, containing ABT rear skirt and ABT 4-pipe rear muffler ABT SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY ABT suspension springs with car lowering (ca. 30 mm)