New Scirocco Breaks Cover!
Feb. 29, 2008
Volkswagen's new Scirocco sports coupe. Click on images for larger views.
Volkswagen's new Scirocco sports coupe has broken cover just days ahead of its Geneva auto show debut.
Compared to the Iroc concept that preceded it two years ago (see Scirocco Is Back!), the sleek shape remains but the front and rear fascias have been toned down.
Gone is the huge aggressive grille framed in wide brushed aluminum. The squinting headlights are similar. The dual exhaust pipes are now coupled together at one side, rather than separated with one at each side.
VW does not plan to offer the Scirocco in North America, in fear of cannibalizing GTI sales. This may change.
Compared to the GTI, the Scirocco is about 1.8 inches longer, two inches wider and 3.3 inches lower, giving it a sportier stance and, no doubt, sportier handling.
Four diesel and gas engines are available, generating between 122 and 200 horsepower.
Power is routed to the front 17-inch alloy wheels via a six-speed manual transmission — optional are six- and seven-speed dual-clutch automatics.
Adaptive chassis control is standard with normal, sport and comfort settings that adjust the suspension and steering accordingly. Two key options are a panoramic sunroof and touch-screen navigation.
Also see: Scirocco Photos