After all the photo leaks and spy shots, the much anticipated Volkswagen Scirocco is finally here, 34 years after the launch of the original Scirocco. “In the Scirocco we will be bringing the kind of sports car into the showroom that people dream of. Yet it is a dream that an exceptionally large number of car drivers will be able to afford – despite all of the high-end technologies we have implemented,” said Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn.
Measuring just 4.26 meters, the Scirocco stands strong next to Golf but is built significantly lower to the ground (1.40 meter) and is almost as wide as the Passat (1.81 meter). Power comes from variety of TSI and TDI engines. The TSI lineup includes three gasoline direct-injection units with outputs ranging from 122hp, 160hp and 200hp. The TDI common-rail engine produces 140hp. The engines are mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 7-speed DSG transmission.
The Volkswagen Scirocco also features a larger panorama vent sunroof (extending from the A pillars to the B pillars), 17-inch alloy wheels, height adjustable driver and front passenger seats and steering wheel, leather parking brake grip, sport seats, split folding rear seats, power windows, air conditioning, ESP, braking assistant, six airbags, speed-dependent power steering, and of course a sport chassis.
The new V-dub will be available in markets across Europe later this summer, while other countries will get their units over the course of the year. Sadly enough, there is no word whether the Scirocco will ever make it to the stateside, but we wouldn’t cancel out the possibility.
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It is back: 34 years after the world premiere of the first Volkswagen Scirocco at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen is now presenting the Scirocco of the new era in the same venue. Now as before, the coupÃ© embodies the fascinating strategy of putting a sports car on wheels that is fit for use every day of the year at absolutely affordable prices. That is precisely what the new Volkswagen Scirocco does: high-class technologies merge with low costs of ownership, dynamic driving characteristics merge with a high level of comfort, and a surprisingly spacious interior merges with an uncompromisingly sporty design.
Volkswagen Chief Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn: “In the Scirocco we will be bringing the kind of sports car into the showroom that people dream of. Yet it is a dream that an exceptionally large number of car drivers will be able to afford – despite all of the high-end technologies we have implemented.” The Scirocco will already be entering the market across Europe in late summer, and other countries will follow over the course of the next year.
A calling card of the ambitious global concept is the new sports car’s avant-garde design. The fact being that the lines of the Volkswagen Scirocco study presented in August 2006 have been transferred to the production car nearly unchanged. This includes the long wagon/coupÃ© roof whose form here is unique, and which pays tribute to the C-pillar design of the first Scirocco, the car’s athletic side profile, its distinctive engine hood and the entire rear end with its extremely broad shoulder sections. Only the design of the radiator grille has been changed for a more stylish and timeless solution.
With a length of 4.26 meters, the Scirocco is on par with the Golf. However, it is built significantly lower to the ground (1.40 meter) and is nearly as wide as the Passat (1.81 meter). Four adults can be seated with plenty of space inside. Once they are all aboard, the Scirocco provides 292 liters of cargo capacity; when the two seatbacks of the rear individual sport seats are folded down, capacity increases to a considerable 755 liters. This contemporary Scirocco demonstrates unfettered everyday utility, and it can be clearly recommended as a sports car for every day of the year.
Providing for ample power on the Volkswagen Scirocco – which comes with ESP and sport chassis as standard equipment – are four TDI and TSI engines, all of them charged and therefore just as torque-strong as they are economical and low in emissions. The three TSIs (gasoline direct-injection) output 90 kW / 122 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS. The Volkswagen Scirocco’s common rail engine (TDI) develops a power of 103 kW / 140 PS.
Further high-tech elements of the Volkswagen Scirocco: a 7-speed DSG and an “adaptive chassis control system”. Meanwhile, a large panorama vent sunroof – extending from the A pillars to the B pillars – provides for plenty of light in the interior. At the press of a button the transparent panorama roof is raised up to 39 millimeters. When the sun is too intense, a sunshade may be moved into place. But that is seldom likely to be necessary, since the glass of the panorama vent roof reflects 99 percent of UV radiation, 97 percent of infrared radiation (heat) and 80 percent of visible light.
The new Volkswagen Scirocco is one of the most attractive sports cars in the world when it comes to pricing. Nonetheless, the standard equipment package is super. Always there, for example, are 17-inch alloy wheels, height adjustable driver and front passenger seats and steering wheel, leather parking brake grip, sport seats, split folding rear seats, power windows, air conditioning, ESP, braking assistant, six airbags, speed-dependent power steering, and of course a sport chassis.
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