Volkswagen Has Iroc Coupe Concept

August 24, 2006

Michael O'Malley

Michael O'Malley

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The clue is in the name. This is the VW Iroc, known until now simply as the Concept S. But here’s the trick; put the S in front of the Iroc and it starts to make sense, previewing a sports coupe in the mould of the legendary Scirocco. There’s another link to the newcomer’s famous predecessor – this vibrant color is known as Viper Green, and exactly the same shade was available on the 1976 model range.


Size-wise, the Iroc is 36mm longer and 41mm wider than the Golf hatchback. And check out that nose; it could be the shape of things to come for VW front ends as the official line is that this is “a face that’s not yet common to other vehicles in the range”.

Inside there are four seats plus a 300-liter trunk space, which can be increased with the rear chairs folded down. Bucket sports seats are fitted up front, as well as integrated five-point race harnesses. The instrument cluster is dominated by two large round ice-blue dials. They appear to the driver as cylinders with 12 illuminated bars creating a 3D effect.


Under the bonnet, the car features VW’s ground-breaking 210-hp TSI engine which has both a turbocharger and supercharger. It’s recently debuted in the Golf in Europe, and will spread to other models soon. The concept rides on 19-inch alloys.


The Scirocco made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 1973 and was a huge success for VW. Styled at Italian design studio Giugiaro, it was launched the following year and more than half a million were sold. A second generation model followed in 1981 and went on until 1993.—Richard Yarrow

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