• Jun 15th 2006 at 8:04AM
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After a seemingly interminable number of artist renderings and computer-generated 'spyshots' (including the shot seen above), AutoWeek says that Volkswagen has given the neo-Scirocco the go-ahead.

According to the magazine's sources, buyers can expect the coupe to command $28,000 in base spec (front-wheel-drive, four-pot). An all-wheel-drive 3.6-liter V6 is expected to be the top rung, which we would guess would start at about $34,000 if AutoWeek's estimate is in the ballpark.

Click through for more scuttlebutt on VW's coming hot wind.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Look, we North American types still need to clear the hurdle of 'Will it even MAKE IT OVER to NA'? There's still speculation as to whether or not the new .:R32 (or .:R36 depending on who you talk to) will cross the Atlantic. IMO if you put the EXACT same drivetrain in a new 'Rocco, you're just asking for trouble. You're going to segment an already tight, niche market.

      And why can't VAG sell an AWD platform sub $25k?!?!?! Subaru does it, they definitely should be able to. This new should start at ~$23k with the 2.0T AND AWD! Something like a 3.0 VR6 with AWD would be a nice higher end option, but only if it's ~ $27k. We don't NEED a 3.6L FSI with 300 horsies in a Scirocco. Send the .:R36 over here to fill that niche, please VAG? Listen to your fans (read: potential buyers) please?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with the above poster on price. If VW wants to bring a small golf-based coupe to market, it needs to go up against the 2-door Civic coupe, the defunct RSX, and the Hyundai Tiburon.

      That's the young market segment that's attracted to a car like this, and VW needs to price to that segment, starting in the upper-teens and being nicely equipped for less than 25k US.

      Let their Audi division chase BMW, and let VW be the people's car once again. It's a disappointing time to be a VW fan.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's interesting, Honda (actually, Acura) stops selling a coupe that's CHEAPER than the starting price for a Scirocco due to slow sales. I like this car but the price is ridiculous, considering VW's less than stellar reliability. I hope it sells, but doubt it will.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Toyota Yaris? I'm seeing more Chrysler Crossfire in that rear 3/4 view.

      Anyway, I was really excited about this car until reading some of the specs in this article. Smaller issues? One, electrohydraulic steering--steering has never been VW's strong suit, and the EH system in the new Jetta feels too numb and detached for my tastes. And two, the AutoWeek article doesn't specify if the top-line V6 would be available with a six-speed manual, or just the DSG, as Audi recently did in the boneheaded DSG-only TT 3.2 Quattro (though I think they're fixing that in the next-gen TT).

      But the big problem here, as others have mentioned, is PRICE. I'm not sure what Volkswagen is thinking, pricing itself far beyond the reach of the youngish, image-conscious but not status-obsessed folks who made the previous Passat and Jetta/Golf/GTI a success. A remnant of Piech's leadership, I assume?

      Skim off the luxury features, de-content the interior, and offer this thing with the 2.0T FSI and all-wheel-drive, and VW would have a dandy WRX competitor. Otherwise, I can't imagine why buyers wouldn't gravitate towards the $26K Audi A3 instead. Folks who remember the old Corrado fondly probably weren't rolling in it then, and they probably aren't now, either.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I might be alone on this one, but besides the tailamps it reminds me of a Chrysler Crossfire
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bring back the Corrado!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yet another vw that will be found broken down on the side of the road.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Isn't that getting close to Audi TT terrtory? Sounds like it'll probabily be built off the Golf platform just like the TT as well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I assume I am not alone amongst readers of this article when I say that I felt an immediate burst of excitement upon seeing the Scirocco name that was completely deflated by the word of it's price. The market does not need another sports coupe that's priced just out of reach of the younger buyers who most desire it. Why couldn't this have been a more attractive, sportier, yet less practical, similarly priced alternative to the bulbous, overweight GTI? At 34k it will be hopelessly outclassed by any number of much more capable vehicles.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think its a nice looking car and everything but way overpriced at that price i would have automatically switched to thinking about getting an Audi maybe an A4 or TT. Hell could go a bit higher on the payments and go for an S4. VW needs to stick to its lower prices or this will turn out about as good as the Phaeton did.
      • 9 Years Ago
      OOOOH-The love child of a Honda Civic Si and a Toyota Yaris!
      • 9 Years Ago
      'Bout time VW come's out with a Sport Coupe, if it look's anything like the above picture, Then it'll be good. If it were just a little bit longer though.
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