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VW Scirocco Teases U.S. Dubheads, Again

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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
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  1. A lot of Scirocco enthusiasts have given the new Scirocco a luke warm welcome after being disappointed that the production car lost what was widely acclaimed as the Scirocco's most attractive feature...its wide mouth grille !.
    The sad fact is that with todays strict safety laws all new cars look predictably similar as they have to comply with ever increasing legislation laid down which restricts design options.cars are no longer designed by people but by computers,rules and regulations stiffel flair and you end up with a car that looks as though it has been designed by the brain, and not, as was true in the past,by the heart.
     
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  2. Thank gawd they got rid of that awful Audiesque grill from the concept! It was hideous. This is a much more beautiful car. I want one!
     
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