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Will Scirocco be in US or Not?

By: Benjamin Hudson

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Benjamin Hudson works as a supervisor at one of the top engineering firms in the business district of Louisiana. He is also a freelance journalist and has passion for anything automotive.

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Car enthusiasts and experts are confused as to the status of the VW Scirocco.

It has hardly been a week since reporters implied that the sexy VW Scirocco would not be coming in the US. And now it seems VW of America Vice President Adrian Hallmark may have not been analyzing well his assessment of the car’s being in the country. A couple of days ago, VW spokesman Hans-Gerd Bode told the media that VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn will have the final say in this matter. He further said Scirocco remains on the U.S. dance card for late 2008 and that VW plans a huge product offensive at the 2008 Geneva show.

The people from the Auto week seem to think that the 2008 Geneva Motor Show would be the appropriate time for VW to announce whether or not the Scirocco will be coming to the US. Reporters say it makes sense for VW to unveil the production version of the Scirocco at Geneva, where VW was eerily silent during the 2007 show.

The media people were all surprised knowing that Hallmark’s reasoning for not bringing the Scirocco to the US was because it “might cannibalize GTI sales”. Current lineup Volkswagen models consist of four small cars, a mid-size, and an SUV.

The new VW Scirocco is expected in 2008 and it will be produced in Portugal. The German car maker expects to sell 150,000 units over the life-cycle. Such huge number of expected cars to be sold is because of Volkswagen’s “driving fun at affordable prices” philosophy.

The Scirocco is based on the Golf V platform. However, it will be 10 cm lower, 4.5 centimeters longer and 3 centimeters wider. So, generally speaking, that sums up to 4.25 meters in length, 1.39 meterd in height and 1.79 meters in width. Prices are expected to be halfway between the Golf and the Eos, starting from 22.000 €.

Unlike other VW remake cars, the design of the Scirocco is not expected to recall old Sciroccos. There will be, however, an attempt to make the VW design more emotional. This will be visually seen in the big honeycomb grille in the front, long engine hood and a truncated tail. Also expect of course a modified VW fan to be among the other features of the new Scirocco.

The vehicle’s engine is of two versions of the 1.4 TSI twin-chargers (115 and 140 hp); the 2.0 Turbo FSI with 200 hp, while a V6 engine is a possibility for an R32 or R36. It is surprising for VW not to have the 170 hp version of the 1.4 TSI engines, while a 2.0 TDI 140 hp diesel engine is thought to be a certainty.

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VW Scirocco

VW Scirocco – Back For Good?

Most people know that the word Scirocco derives from the Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara desert you did know that didn’t you? Did you also know that the last Scirocco’s finally rolled off the production line as far back as 1989?

Well after a nineteen year or so absence the Scirocco is back some say by popular demand others say that car manufacturers’ attempts at recycling has started with just the names! Whatever your view on the matter I think the consensus of opinion is that the return of this sporty hatchback is all together a welcome one.

The origins of the Scirocco go back to the early seventies when VW realised they would have to replace the beautiful but rather ageing Karmann Ghia. For this they enlisted the help of the Italian styling guru Giorgetto Giugiaro and so the Scirocco or Type 53 as it was affectionately referred to internally was born.

First appearing in 1974 the Scirocco was a three door sports hatch and was fairly popular selling around 500,000 units by 1981. A few subtle changes were made during the first years of production but it was not until the second generation model arrived in 1982 that the car improved significantly with engine power output and torque up rated and a revised interior. The unique at the time spoiler mounted to the rear window became synonymous with the Scirocco appearance.

Production continued until around 1989 by which time a further 290,000 were produced whilst sales continued to around 1992 until the Scirocco had been replaced by the Corrado. Many Scirocco enthusiasts remain however and there is a thriving owner’s network especially in the UK.

After much press speculation in 2006 VW unveiled the concept version of the Scirocco known as the Iroc at the 2006 Paris Motor Show and it attracted a huge amount of attention.

The Scirocco went on sale in March 2008 and has already divided opinion but it is too early to say whether the lovers of the old Scirocco will embrace the new model.

The Scirocco GT is a three door sports coupe with a 2 litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 200 PS. Acceleration from 0-62 is 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 146mph for the manual version although the automatic is only a second slower. A six-speed auto or manual gearbox is available.

The Scirocco comes with ACC (Adaptive Chassis Control) this allows the driver to adjust the suspension settings to suit conditions and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme). Safety features include all-round disc brakes with ABS and a multi-point airbag system including driver and passenger plus front seats and also curtain airbags.

Options include cruise control and hill hold control. The Scirocco comes with 18″ Alloys as standard but 19″ are an available extra should you want to really look the business. 2009 should see the arrival of a less potent 1.4 petrol version together with a diesel.

Early reviews of the GT have proclaimed that the handling of the car is exceptional especially at higher speeds with low wind noise and precise cornering. The interior has a high quality feel as you would expect from VW. Fuel economy is better than expected unless you drive the car really hard.

Apparently the Vice-President of VW USA announced that he did not want the Scirocco to go on sale in America as it would clash with sales of the Golf GTI a claim that was later disputed by the CEO of VW who said the final decision rested with him!

Overall residual value should be maintained due to the interest in the Scirocco so it just remains to be seen if the new Scirocco is as popular as its predecessor but I have a more than sneaky feeling that it will.

Jon Barlow looks at the new VW Scirocco at his local Bristol VW Dealer

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[Not a valid template]The refiner located in Leingarten, Germany enhances the performance of the already agile turbo diesel in the VW Scirocco with an additional control unit by more than twenty-five percent from 140 hp (103 kW) to 180 hp (133 kW). Also the maximum torque increases from 320 to 400 Newton metres at 1,750 to 2,500 r.p.m. respectively. The maximum speed thereby rises from 207 km/h to 213 km/h, and the acceleration from zero to hundred is reduced by 0.9 seconds to 8.4 seconds.

Also for the new 2.0 TDI CR, JE DESIGN offers a performance enhancement of 170 hp (125 kW) to 205 hp (171 kW). With that, the Scirocco then renders a top speed of 229 km/h (serial model: 222 km/h) and accelerates from zero to hundred in 7.1 seconds (serial model: 7.8 seconds). The torque rises to 410 Newton metres (serial model: 350 Nm).

JE DESIGN offers the entire performance pack with assembly for 1,249 euros (180 hp) and 1,449 euros (205 hp) including VAT and adds a 12-month warranty.

In order to adjust the appearance to the newly gained power, JE DESIGN has created an entire body kit. The refiner produces these parts in the usual OEM-quality made of high-quality ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). The CNC-milled material ensures a low weight, perfect fitting accuracy and at the same time, the highest material stability.

The kit for 919 euros including VAT includes a front spoiler with a centre sword in carbon look which already renders a racy glance when the car is still parked. The side skirts with air inlets and a rear skirt attachment which is perfectly adjusted to the other component parts and which is also available in carbon-look renders a powerful profile. A refining kit for gull-wing doors (1,549 euros) completes the body modification.

The muffler made of stainless steel with two central oval end pipes (899 euros) renders an earthy sound and an impressive appearance. The muffler comes with an EU-operating license. The lowering springs (299 euros) which were especially designed for the VW Scirocco, lower the car by 30 millimetres and are combined with serial shock absorbers. In order to fill the wheelhouses adequately, JE DESIGN offers the elegant wheel design Multispoke as a complete wheel set. The wheels are available in the size 8×19 inches in shadow silver (2,810 euros), or graphite matt / with polished edges (2,930 euros), both with 235/35 R 19 tyres.

The sport programme for the VW Scirocco can be immediately obtained directly from JE DESIGN, from car component dealers or from Volkswagen partners. For more information about the extensive JE DESIGN programme, please do not hesitate to contact +49(0)7131/20384-0 or visit the web site www.je-design.de/en/

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Having already introduced the Golf VI GTD, Volkswagen has now launched a sporty diesel version of the Scirocco coupe equipped with the same 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine that develops 170HP at 4,200 rpm and 350Nm or 258lbs of torque. from 1,750 rpm. Linked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox, the 2.0 TDI propels the Scirocco GT from standstill to 100km/h (62mph) in 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 222km/h or 138mph.

The real advantage of the Scirocco GT is its low fuel consumption as it returns 46mpg US (53.3mpg UK or 5.2lt /100km) in the combined European cycle while emitting just 139 g/km (DSG: 147) of CO2.

In Britain, the diesel-powered Scirocco is available for order with prices set at £21,755 and £23,060 for the 6-speed manual and DGS versions respectively. The coupe’s standard equipment includes a six-CD autochanger, rain and dusk sensor, multifunction computer, 2Zone air conditioning, ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and six airbags.

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With downsizing on everyone’s minds, smaller engines make more sense than ever – and that goes double for the Volkswagen Scirocco!

The German manufacturer has fitted the coupé with its superb 1.4-litre TSI engine, which benefits from both a turbocharger and supercharger. With 158bhp and a 0-62mph time of eight seconds, it’s no slouch, and there’s very little to differentiate the punchy and responsive 1.4 fromthe larger 2.0-litre TSI.

Economy is impressive, too. VW claims the smaller unit will achieve 43.5mpg – which is 6.3mpg more than the 2.0. But the engine is far from the only thing going for the Scirocco. As we’ve found with other variants, the handling is sweet and predictable, thanks largely to the Active Chassis Control (ACC) system, which electronically adjusts the suspension damping depending on road surface and driving style.

Inside and out, the 1.4 is identical to its larger-engined brother, offering a typically robust and well laid-out VW interior, as well as chunky, aggressive styling. So although it has 39bhp less power than the 2.0-litre, unless you’re a hardcore enthusiast, the 1.4 TSI takes the honours.

Rival: Mazda RX-8 R3
The latest RX-8 is attractive and great to drive. But it’s long in the tooth, and the looks and woeful economy are no match for the Scirocco.

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Volkswagen has made getting behind the wheel of a Scirocco just a little bit easier… in the UK. When the low-slung three-door was launched it was only available in up-level GT trim, but now it’s available in base form, starting at £18,790. For what it’s worth (not much, sadly), that converts to $32,600 at current rates, but the Scirocco still isn’t offered in the States anyway. The new standard engine is VW’s 1.4-liter TSI engine rated at 160-horsepower and nearly 43 miles per gallons in the combined EU cycle. The Base trim still includes a six-disc CD changer, air conditioning and exclusive 17-inch alloys.

A second engine is now offered in both Base and GT trims, and it’s a diesel. Displacing 2.0-liters and offering 140-horsepower, the common rail oil-burner gets over 55 European miles per gallon, with a choice of either a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox.

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[Not a valid template]Oettinger was the first tuner to show a tuning package for the new Scirocco, and now Abt Sportsline is quickly following. The comprehensive package consists of a full body kit, rear exhaust system plus engine and chassis performance upgrades.

On the outside, Abt emphasizes the Scirocco’s forward wedged shaped look with a dramatic front bumper fascia, grille, side skirts with two air inlets, roof spoiler, rear wing and rear bumper fascia which accommodates diagonal 4-pipe rear muffler.

For brakes and suspension, Abt access their existing parts inventory for sport lowering springs which drop the ride height by 30mm and Abt’s brake kit which includes pads, rotor and calipers. Of course, Abt’s own BR or AR alloys in 18 to 20 inch size s are available with a selection of tires and wheel spacers.

Under the bonnet, Abt raises power output for the 1.4 TSI from 160 hp (119 kW) to 200 hp (147 kW) and the 2.0-liter turbo diesel to 170 hp / 125 kW (standard: 140 hp / 103kW). The 2.0 TSI is increased from the standard 200 hp (147 kW) to 240 hp (177 kW).

Available from January 2009, the entire package which includes the body pack, 4-pipe rear muffler, springs and complete wheel set (19 inch AR alloys, diamond-machined and black, plus tyres and wheel spacers) costs a very reasonable 5,990 Euros in Germany.

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