The new Volkswagen Scirocco is a highly sought-after sport coupe, made even more desirable by the fact that we don't get it here. But is that exclusivity enough to make it more tempting Volkswagen than an original 1987 Scirocco? To help find out, Jason Cammisa of Automobile magazine went to Germany to pit the original Scirocco against the current model that we don't get to play with.

Its interesting to look at the way the two cars stack up on paper. The '87 Scirocco that belongs to Cammisa makes 175 horsepower and 150 pound feet of torque from a 2.0-liter 16-valve inline-four engine. Cammisa's 2.0-liter engine is larger and more powerful than the 1.8-liter found in the original car, but it sure makes this comparison interesting. The 2012 Scirocco utilizes a 1.4-liter turbocharged four pot to make only 160 horsepower but 177 lb-ft. Meanwhile, the wheelbase of the new car is exactly seven inches longer than the OG Scirocco. Oh, and the 2012 model is more than 700 pounds heavier.

Scroll below to see how the two cars stack up – it may be a lot closer than you think. Extra points for anyone who can pick up on the Inglorious Basterds reference. After watching, hit up the comments section and tell us which car you would rather have.


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      Richard A. Hauser
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live in the USA and bought my Scirocco last year and I love it so much it sits in my display case...all 1/18 scale of it. Give me a chance to put a full-scale Scirocco TDI in my garage...please, please, please!
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those who want to know what he said in german at the end of the video: He said "Today we compare 2 cars which have 3 things in common: 1st: they are more german than David Hasselhoff's german shepherd (the dog), 2nd: they are both versions of the 'better' Golf and 3rd: they both have names which are unspellable in any language. Today old and new go together "Head 2 Head" :)
      Rob Cook
      • 2 Years Ago
      My German isn't good enough but did anyone catch his David Hasselhof comment in the end credits?
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob Cook
        He said "Today we compare 2 cars which have 3 things in common: 1st: they are more german than David Hasselhoff's german shepherd (the dog), 2nd: they are both versions of the 'better' Golf and 3rd: they both have names which are unspellable in any language. Today old and new go together "Head 2 Head" :)
      SPcamert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dude looks like a cross between Adam Sandler and Dane Cook. Couldn't stop thinking that the whole time.
      norcalsc400
      • 2 Years Ago
      Memories, indeed. I owned a '79 Scirocco and aside from a non-stop problem with the fuel injectors it was one of the sweetest cars I ever owned. Mileage was excellent (30's); handling was terrific, good looking, practical, and fun... if only the fuel injectors didn't constantly fail or clog (nickel and dimed me for most of my ownership). Eventually turned it in on a new '83 Mazda RX7. Personally, I like the older generation better although the '87 was a tight fit for my 6'2" frame ('79 much roomier).
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      entertaining and quite heartwarming for me to watch as a german who's first car was a scirocco 1.8 =)
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      jpq1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      So bottom story, the old one is as fast as the new one... Lame.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      Huh. The old one is the better looking.
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      The old one still looks pretty cool, especially that long, low snout and wedge profile. The new one is just another aero-egg.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Adam Sandler presents: sirocco vs sirocco.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        During the drag race, I suddenly realized that Jason Camisa looks a lot like Lupin from Lupin III, for anyone who's familiar.
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