The original was a hit in the Seventies, its successor was popular in the Eighties, and now, 34 years after its debut, one of VW’s most famous badges has returned.
Finished in a vibrant red paint, the Scirocco coupe was one of the big attractions at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. At 167.7 inches long, it’s roughly the same length as the Golf compact hatchback. But its wider bodyshell gives it a more imposing stance, and it’s also significantly lower to the ground.
One of the most interesting elements of the exterior styling is the nose, which showcases a new VW design language. Besides the Beetle, it’s the only car in the German firm’s whole range to feature the VW badge on the hood.
A four-seater, the backs of the two rear chairs fold flat to boost the load space from 10.3 to 26.6 cubic feet.
Four engines will be available from launch. The three gasoline units turn in 122, 160 and 200 hp. The sole diesel delivers 140 hp. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, though six and seven-speed DSG transmissions are also available.
Standard gear includes 17-inch alloys, height adjustable front seats, electric windows, stability control with brake assist, and an MP3 compatible audio system with a choice of two navigation units.
The new Scirocco will go on sale in late summer in Europe, arriving in other markets during 2009--but not in the U.S., where the weak dollar and overlap with the GTI have nixed the coupe from the VW product plan. Nevertheless, we're going to tease you more with high-res photos available here.-- Richard Yarrow