• Feb 28th 2008 at 3:26PM
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Click above for more high-res shots of the 2009 VW Scirocco

We can't follow where this particular embargo break began, but a pair of official embargoed images of the production 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco scheduled to be unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show has hit the interweb. As you can see, the Scirocco's design has changed dramatically from its days on the auto show circuit as the IROC Concept. Gone is the face only a Pokemon master could love, replaced with something more appropriate for public consumption. In fact, the Scirocco will be the first VW we've seen in a while without the double-decker grille treatment. Instead, a slim grille connects its headlamps that are set atop a wide swath of body colored molding before we get to the large lower air intake that also houses turn signals and fog lamps. The basic body shape and rear of this hatchback are, however, much closer to their concept counterpart. Designers were not only able to port over the strong character line that created a broad shoulder down the entire length of the concept, but they even made it more pronounced on the production version by adding a slight crease. From what we can see, the car is lower and wider than, say, an R32 or GTI, which officially makes it the VW hatch we've always wanted and, surprise, won't get.

UPDATE: Source of embargo break traced back to here and here.

[Source: AutoWeek.nl]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I miss the Corrado I had for a year before the engine blew.

      This is a good looking hatch but it would probably be in the mid to high '30s if it was sold here. Who knows it might even push above 40k. At that point I'd just get an Audi. Better interior and more class even if it is the same company.
      • 7 Years Ago
      /sarcasm aside, I *wish* they would make the Scirocco superior to the R32 and actually produce a scorching hot lowslung hatch... but I get the impression VW can neither make up it's mind nor stick to a direction...

      A real shame since just a few years ago they were so very close to being America's sweetheart... that huge following they had has all but evaporated now as far as I can tell...
      • 7 Years Ago
      FWIW I always thought of the Audi TT as today's Karmann-Ghia.... aka a squashed Beetle..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn, thats HOT!
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW already makes a hot hatch. Instead of investing R&D in another one, they should have created a proper sports car. I think they made the right decision to keep it in Europe. Give us a real sports car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it does look like a US-spec ford focus from the front, and they did INCREDIBLY manage to botch up the front end of the otherwise stunning concept.

      128i here we go!
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW make a proper sports car-? Ha... ha ha ha...HA HA HA HA HA.... what a knee-slapper concept that is! Daddy Porsche will never allow it.

      They should be renamed 'FW' for Frauline-Wagen IMO. The Eos beat out even the Beetle Cabrio for most female-friendly auto.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yawn. Next!
      • 7 Years Ago
      epic fail


      make it go away, i never want to see it again
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it, but when are they going to remake the Corrado?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The profile of that car looks just like a '91 Honda Civic......
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gorgeous! Too bad its not coming to US
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