Scirocco Is Back!
Aug. 26, 2006
Looking hotter than ever, the Scirocco sports coupe is back!
Volkswagen has unveiled a concept that will likely see production for the 2009 model year.
The original Scirocco, circa 1974
It's called Iroc, using the middle four letters of Scirocco.
While the new looks little like the old (see photo at right), its purpose is identical — to be an affordable and attractively styled four-seat coupe with a useful trunk.
Aggressive best describes the concept's style, with bulging fenders, squinting xenon headlights, a brushed-alloy hexagonal grille, steeply raked windshield and sweeping lines head to tail, that all work harmoniously together. The stance is low and mean, a football player ready to tackle.
Big 19-inch wheels certainly help the bold look, as do the metallic-green and carbon colors.
Showcased under the hood is Volkswagen's innovative twin-charger engine (both supercharged and turbocharged), pumping out 210 horsepower. A six-speed DSG transmission, with automatic and manual modes, puts the power to the pavement.
The original Scirocco bowed 33 years ago at the Geneva auto show and, with its combination of Giorgetto Giugiaro style and every-day function, was practically an overnight success.
Volkswagen is not saying whether the new Scirocco will make it to the North American market. Many coupes have recently failed here, including the Acura RSX, Pontiac GTO and Toyota Celica.
Also see: Scirocco Photos.