• Jun 17, 2008


Click above for new high-res gallery of the 2009 VW Scirocco

We've got pricing on Volkswagen's new 2009 Scirocco. On sale in mid-November, the base price is £20,500 (about $40,220 USD, though don't trust currency conversions to give you a sense of something's value) for the bottom-rung 122-hp 1.4-liter TSI)model. Interestingly enough, that entry-level model won't be the first out of the gate. VW will initially introduce the four-seat hatch with two gasoline engines. The first is rated at 160 hp, while the second has a quoted output of 200 hp. These powerplants will be followed by the base 122-hp model, and a 140-hp turbo-diesel version. Unfortunately, there are still no indications that the legendary Scirocco will make it to our shores, unless you count the fact that some of these new Scirocco pics were shot near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Don't mind the editor who doesn't know the Portugal Suspension Bridge from the Golden Gate Bridge behind the curtain.)


[Source: VW via egmCarTech]



Comeback of a sports car legend
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Third generation of the Scirocco to be launched
New Scirocco will be available across Europe by mid-November

Scirocco is the right choice as an affordable sports car for every day of the year

16 June 2008 - The countdown is running for the new era Scirocco: the third generation of the sports car will already be arriving on the market in August. Volkswagen is staging the comeback of a legend with the debut of the two-door car – Scirocco generations I and II wrote history as the most successful Volkswagen coupé of all time with about 800,000 units sold.

Cult status. In particular, it is the original Scirocco presented in 1974 that has long held cult status. Because, in contrast to many of its competitors of that time, the Scirocco – designed by Giorgio Giugiaro – was an affordable car with everyday utility, and front-wheel drive also made it a safe sports car for use every day of the year.

Scirocco unites passion and logic

Fascination. The new Scirocco is extending this tradition. It offers pure driving pleasure, a new powerful design, high-end technologies such as DCC adaptive chassis control and the new 7-speed DSG dual clutch transmission. Plus: exclusive use of efficient turbo engines with up to 147 kW / 200 PS power, space for four adults despite its sporty lines, an extremely high level of safety and the everyday utility that is typical of every Volkswagen. This mix of passion and logic costs far less than one might guess based on the car's key data.

New paths. Although the third generation of the Scirocco follows exactly the same positioning as the first one, Volks­wagen very intentionally avoided retro elements. In this regard too, the Scirocco of the year 2008 is a conceptually counterpart to the original version: because in the mid-1970s the successor to the Karmann Ghia also set out on new paths, both technically and visually.

Front end design of a new era

High-sheen black headlamp housing. The third Scirocco is the first Volks­wagen to sport the front end design of a new era. Especially characteristic here are the chrome lamp bodies and high-sheen black interior surfaces of the headlamp housings that are joined by the radiator grille cross bar that is also painted in high-sheen black.

Flawless sports car fundamentals. The Volkswagen design team created a wagon-coupé based on flawless sports car fundamentals. This resulted in a side profile that had the potential to imbue this new Volkswagen too with a status that goes beyond class distinctions. Thanks to its long sweeping roofline and near-vertical rear window, it also frees up space for variability and up to 755 liters of cargo capacity.

Crisp dimensions. Other benchmark figures of the new sports car also speak a clear language. With its short overhangs, the Scirocco efficiently utilizes its 2,578 millimeter wheelbase to offer ample space. The Volkswagen is 1,404 millimeters tall, exactly 4,256 millimeters long and its width measures 1,810 millimeters.

Four turbo engines at market introduction

A lot of power for just a little fuel. One challenge in creating an affordable sports car involves the engines. On the one hand, they must absolutely be agile, yet it is also essential that they be economical and widely affordable. There are two approaches to resolving this apparent conflict Both of them have three letters: TDI and TSI – turbocharged diesel and gasoline direct injection engines.

One TDI and three TSIs. At the market introduction Volkswagen will offer the Scirocco with two TSI engines (118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS). Shortly thereafter, a TDI (common rail turbo-diesel, 103 kW / 140 PS) and another TSI (90 kW / 122 PS) will be added to the engine lineup. Decisive here is the fact that even the 122-PS base engine offers a maximum of torque at extremely low engine speeds (200 Newton-meter starting at 1,500 rpm). Its average fuel consumption of 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers shows considerable restraint.

5.4 to 7.7 liters fuel consumption. The combination of maximum torque and minimum consumption is a common theme running through the entire engine lineup. In the case of the latest TSI with 160 PS, 240 Newton-meter torque contrasts with just 6.5 liters super unleaded per 100 kilometers. And even on the 200-PS TSI with its considerable 280 Newton-meter of torque, fuel consumption is just 7.7 liters. As would be expected, the TDI also makes a brilliant showing here: 320 Newton-meter of powerful torque while being satisfied with just 5.4 liters of fuel. Incidentally, all engines up to 160 PS already satisfy the future Euro-5 emissions standard*.

Two crisply shifting dual clutch transmissions

6-speed and 7-speed DSG. Standard equipment on the Scirocco is the smoothly and precisely shifting 6-speed transmission. The DSG dual clutch transmission is offered as an option on the three engines starting at 140 PS. A 6-speed DSG is used with the TDI and the powerful 200 PS TSI. The 160-PS TSI distributes its power over an even broader range of gears with the 7-speed DSG.

Optional sport chassis with three level settings

Clever Chassis. Ideally tailored to the Scirocco is the new DCC adaptive chassis control system. Not only is the damper characteristic controlled here, but also tuning of the electro-mechanical power steering. Adaptive chassis control offers the three programs "Normal", "Sport" and "Comfort". Significant here is the fact that adaptive chassis control improves the driving characteristics of the Scirocco full-time. That is, the suspension is continually adapted to the roadway and driving situation. The system also reacts to accelerator, brake and steering inputs. It is able to resolve the conflict in goals between a tight sport suspension and a comfortable one.

Standard features

Full program. The new Scirocco is one of the most attractive sports cars in terms of price. And yet its standard features place it on the same level as far more expensive coupés. Always on board are 17-inch alloy wheels, height-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, leather steering wheel, parking brake handle and shifting lever grip, sports seats, split folding rear seatbacks, power windows, air conditioning, ESP, braking assistant, six airbags, power steering and of course a sport chassis. On the top 200 PS model, standard equipment also includes chrome tailpipes, a "Titanium black" roof liner and a sound generator.

Panorama vent sunroof

Transparent roof. Supplying vast amounts of light to the interior is an optional large panorama vent sunroof that extends from the A-pillars to the B-pillars. At the press of the button the transparent roof opens up to 39 millimeters. When the sun is intense, a sunshade can be driven into place. But that is not likely to be necessary very often, since the glass of the panorama vent sunroof only transmits 8.2 percent of the UV radiation, 2.8 percent of the infrared radiation (heat) and 6.9 percent of the visible light.




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      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a sweet looking car, to bad we won't get it in the states. Oh well, it is to high of a price for me to justify getting one anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      TDI for me plskthx.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fantastic looking car.

      But whoever is working these photos needs to go back to photochop school. Some are pitiful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this was RWD it would be killer. As is, it's nice enough.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1

        Unfortunately, as it is, it handles like truffle hunting swine!
        • 6 Years Ago
        considering it comes with a suspension and handling characteristics which easily out perform the GTi I guess your opinion is that the GTi, which has received pretty much consistently good reviews for handling in the US and Foreign press, handles like a cow? What issues have you had with it on the track?
        • 6 Years Ago
        As zamafir, I know from experience that a GTI can keep up with an STI or E46 M3 on a track. Hell, the base FWD 200 hp 2.0T Audi TT is faster than the 333 hp E46 M3 on Top Gear's test track. This Scirocco is lighter, wider, and lower than a TT, so it'll be able to carry even higher speeds through corners -- it's probably just shy of Cayman territory in terms of agility.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "(...)unless you count the fact that some of these new Scirocco pics were shot near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco."

      San Francisco?!.. not really.
      That's Lisbon, mate:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25_de_Abril_Bridge

      You can confirm that with the other photos.

      It's farther from the us then you thought. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally, I don't like it. I think the Golf GTi looks much better. More practical too. Also, the Scirocco looks out of place in today's VW lineup.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Scirocco looks cool and badass. GTI looks bland and has ugly face. Nothing's wrong with liking it tho, it's just a matter of taste. Some like their food bland, some like it spicy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't help, but it looks like a washed-out blend of Volvo C30 and Mazda3, end of the roof-line and connection with the third door are virtually the copy of the Mazda3, including the blobs for the third/fifth door hinges.

      I admit design is a subjective thing, but this one borders on boring, OK, it's a VW, but it still doesn't fit into VW. The car looks like a mid 90's Made in Korea car. I think the same about the new Impreza...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even the Impreza avoids the "hatch hinge bumps" and at least the Impreza has doors for adults who draw the short straws and get the back seats.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very, very nice car. Beautiful, cool, spacious, fast (like a GTI). Want the V6 version apparently in the works (like an R32)

      Anyone else notice the "Teeth whitening" ads on the page? Someone call Richard Hammond
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh, HELLO autoblog . . . wake up(!) . . . gear shift is right. The bridge in these promo shots is NOT the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. Next time you give out 'information', do your homework.
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