• Oct 6, 2008
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Volkswagen has made getting behind the wheel of a Scirocco just a little bit easier... in the UK. When the low-slung three-door was launched it was only available in up-level GT trim, but now it's available in base form, starting at £18,790. For what it's worth (not much, sadly), that converts to $32,600 at current rates, but the Scirocco still isn't offered in the States anyway. The new standard engine is VW's 1.4-liter TSI engine rated at 160-horsepower and nearly 43 miles per gallons in the combined EU cycle. The Base trim still includes a six-disc CD changer, air conditioning and exclusive 17-inch alloys.

A second engine is now offered in both Base and GT trims, and it's a diesel. Displacing 2.0-liters and offering 140-horsepower, the common rail oil-burner gets over 55 European miles per gallon, with a choice of either a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox.


[Source: Volkswagen]

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Volkswagen Scirocco Now Available With New Engines And Entry-Level Trim

MILTON KEYNES – October 6, 2008: Volkswagen has announced a new entry-level specification and two additional engines for the Scirocco coupé, which are now available for ordering from Volkswagen Retailers. Prices for the entry-level model, fitted with a 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS engine, start at £18,790 RRP on the road, opening the possibility of Scirocco ownership to a wider audience.

At launch in September, the Scirocco was only available in range-topping GT trim. The new engines are now available in base trim which still benefits from a comprehensive list of standard equipment including a six-CD autochanger, rain and dusk sensor, multifunction computer, air conditioning and exclusive 17-inch 'Donington' alloy wheels. Safety features also, of course, remain a priority, with ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and six airbags all standard.

The 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS engine accelerates the Scirocco from 0 to 62 mph in just 8.0 seconds while returning 42.8 mpg (combined) and emitting 154 g/km of CO2. In addition, the new entry-level and GT models are now available with Volkswagen's popular 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS common rail diesel engine linked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic DSG gearbox. Both manual and DSG versions reach 62 mph in 9.3 seconds while achieving a combined figure of 55.4 mpg (51.4 for DSG) and 134 g/km of CO2 (145 for DSG).

The Scirocco is the most technically advanced production coupé that Volkswagen has produced and all models also benefit from Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) which operates via a set of four electrically adjustable dampers to alter the car's suspension, steering and throttle response set-up, and allows the driver to choose the most appropriate setting for the journey.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      the car got CD changer.
      why?
      i didnt see a CD changer in years.
      didnt they hear about mp3 players?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The car is available with a 30GB hard drive based internal MP3 player, a very good iPod interface with full control from the head unit, a USB interface for just playing stuff of USB memory, an AUX port and a CD changer. Pick whatever you want when you order.

        Maybe some of the people who remember the old Scirocco from the 70s don't have iPods yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap that's a lot for a little VW.
      I'll take a BMW 1 long before that...


      ~Zar4
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you driven both? EVO seems to think it's too plain and uninspiring:

        "Best car? Well, the wooden spoon goes to the Volvo, that much was clear after ten miles, but even after hundreds of miles, sorting the others is tricky. After much deliberation the 123d is next to fall. Arguably the best 1-series, it’s fun to drive, but too plain and uninspiring in other areas to compete in a coupe dust-up.

        There’s no question the Scirocco is the most rounded of our four, and in terms of sales may well wipe the floor with the C30 and RX-8, but that’s no reason for it to score a group-test victory. It is very good to drive, but it’s not the best at this level. That honour belongs to the Mazda RX-8 R3, the cracking chassis more than offsetting the wafer-thin torque output. By a majority vote, it wins. Me, though? I’d still have the Scirocco, of course. "
        • 6 Years Ago
        Plain and uninspiring? A 3-door 1-series in black or white can look pretty sharp.
        The Scirocco would have been on my test drive list, if the diesel version would have been available in June. It wasn't, so now I'm driving a 1-series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a Volvo C30!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, it's not, if you've read any of the reviews it's head and shoulders above the C30, it scored best all around care above the RX-8, BMW 1 series diesel, and C30 in EVO's test this month (the RX-8 of course being the most engaging), where as the C30 scored lowest in every field. So no, unlike the C30, this car is a delight to drive and a lot of fun.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Volkswagen blew it on this design. They are just too obsessed with the Europeanish vertical rear window on the hatch. They should have sloped it more like a fastback, such as on the original Sciroccos.

      Furthermore, that ridiculously low sloping roof undoubtedly kills the view out the rear glass from the rear view mirror.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does Autoblog think the Scirocco isn't worth much, or that $32600 isn't worth much?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's $32,600 to an American converting their greenbacks into UK Sterling - because that's forex rate terms. By the same token, they could move to the UK and earn a minimum wage of $12 an hour.

        However, in real terms (purchasing power) to a Brit, it's the equivalent of about $22K or so.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Question: is it fwd, rwd or awd?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they expect me to pay $32,000 for this, the germans have lost it - again. Where is Hitler? At least he got it, the people's car! Affordable and easy to fix! This thing is neither.

      Relax people that was a joke, both points - hitler and the price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      when our own car companies don't bring the cool cars to our market, i guess we can't expect foreign ones to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see why VW would go through the trouble of federalizing this car in the US in a time of declining sales and tough times for all automakers (including EU ones, it's all over CNBC Europe this morning).

      Maybe if things turn around soon, otherwise, I'd wait for the 2nd-gen model at the earliest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this engines options are NOT new... it is only new in the UK. They were avaible in Germany from the first selling day...

      To get the europen prices right.

      The VW Scirocco cost exactly the same as similar powered Honda Civic in Germany.
      Similar powerd the price range goes from 21k Euro to 27k Euro for the Civic Type R and the Scirocco (200hp with DSG is the most expansive version) the 200hp Scirroco manual is with 25,500Euro much cheaper as the 200hp euro Civic Type R manual (27,000Euro).

      All prices include 19% VAT

      Amazing that Autoblog authors use alwys UK press relaese as source for news about german cars ... better use news sources from the nation the stuff is build..
        • 6 Years Ago
        I should be surprised at AB's lack of comprehension in converting Euro and GBP prices to USD, but since this isn't the first (and probably won't be the last) I'm just disappointed. GET WITH THE F'ING PROGRAM AUTOBLOG!! It's bad enough to hear (repeatedly) the idiotic comments from posters, but the sheer laziness of AB's posts puts them to shame. Do some research, compare it to cars that are available in the US and cost a comparable amount (ie, GTI), and give us that information. Anything less is lazy and sloppy "journalism".
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 160hp 1.4 TSI was avaiulable from day 1, however the diesel was announced but not available, as was the 125hp 1.4 TSI base engine and the 170hp "hot" diesel.
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