As the covers are taken off the new Volkswagen Scirocco R at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Volkswagen is revving it up with a new interactive racing game. The "Scirocco R 24 hour Challenge" allows gamers to drive the most powerful and fastest accelerating production Volkswagen Scirocco ever built through a series of difficult corners and expansive landscapes similar to the Nurburgring. The game is available now to download for free for the iPhone and iPod touch from the Apple App store.
A perfectly animated race circuit that comes so close to the legendary Nordschleife makes the "Scirocco R 24 hour Challenge" pure racing game fun. Three different play modes - qualifying mode, 24 hour mode and multiplayer mode (via Bluetooth) - liven up the game, and extras including the genuine engine note of the Volkswagen Scirocco R, different sound effects and the chance to customise your own Volkswagen Scirocco R provide long lasting enjoyment. The player can choose to control the Volkswagen Scirocco R by touchscreen or by tilt sensor to provide the best possible intuitive driving fun.
In real life, the star of the racing game, the Volkswagen Scirocco R, is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine producing 265 PS and 350 Nm of torque. This accelerates the Volkswagen Scirocco R to 62 mph from standstill in 6.0 seconds (5.8 seconds with DSG gearbox) and on to a top speed of 155 mph. The Volkswagen Scirocco R is also fitted with Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) and ensuring greater grip in all conditions, especially on tight corners, is XDS (first seen on the new Golf GTI) an electronic cross-axle traction control system
The mechanical changes to the Volkswagen Scirocco R are joined by a purposeful new look. The new front bumper, featuring a set of LED running lights, is dominated by a trio of deep airdams providing optimal cooling to the engine and braking systems, while Xenon headlights frame a new gloss black grille element set into which is a single 'R' badge. The rear section features the distinctly enlarged roof spoiler and twin chrome exhaust pipes separated by a striking polished black diffuser.
This is the second time that Volkswagen has used a racing game as a form of marketing. In March 2009, as the new Volkswagen Polo debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, the racing game "Volkswagen Polo challenge" was presented; with more than 1.4 million downloads in four weeks, it conquered the Apple App stores worldwide.
The Volkswagen Scirocco R will be available to order in October 2009 with prices and specifications due to be announced nearer this time.Published 22 September 2009