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2014 Volkswagen Scirocco


• More powerful but up to 19 per cent more economical: Best-selling sports car Scirocco wîth a completely new range of engines

• Front and rear sections wîth new styling; LED rear lights as standard

• The new Scirocco and Scirocco R will be launched on the market in August

Ten key facts on the world premiere of the latest Scirocco:
1. New engine range (92 kW to 206 kW) wîth more power but up to 19 per cent more economical. EÚ 6 as standard.
2. With 2.0 TSI (132 kW and 162 kW) engine, the new Scirocco consumes just 6.0 l/100 km.
3. With entry-level 1.4 TSI (92 kW) Scirocco consumes only 5.4 l/100 km.
4. With the most economical diesel engine, the new Scirocco 2.0 TDI (110 kW) only consumes 4.1 l/100 km.
5. New Scirocco generation (92 kW to 162 kW) and
Scirocco R (206 kW) debut at the same time.
6. Newly styled front and rear sections. Including new H7 und bi-xenon headlights, LED rear lights and swivelling VW logo as the boot lid handle.
7. Modified interior wîth auxiliary instruments paying tribute to the original Scirocco.
8. New technical features include Dynaudio Excite sound system and park §teering assistant.
9. New colours, materials and alloy wheel designs (17, 18 and 19-inch).
10. Market launch in Europe starting in August 2014.

Wolfsburg / Geneva, March 2014. In 1974, precisely 40 years ago, the first generation Scirocco made its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. The coupé has since enriched the lives of all those motorists who love dynamic performance in an agile, confidently stylish and affordable sports car. Volkswagen now presents for the first time – once more in Geneva – the latest generation of the icon which has sold more than one million units. It has been developed further technically and visually. For example, the engines: the six turbo direct injection engines belong to the latest generation of Volkswagen's four-cylinder engine family and consistently fulfil the EÚ 6 emissions standard; moreover they are up to 19 per cent more economical. Also as standard, all Scirocco wîth up to 162 kW / 220 PS have a Stop/Start system as well as a battery regeneration mode. The performance of the four TSIs (petrol engines) and two TDIs (diesel engines) ranges from 92 kW / 125 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS in Europe. Despite the reduced fuel consumption, all the engines demonstrate improved power. The largest leap is taken by the new Scirocco 2.0 TSI wîth 132 kW / 180 PS (previously 1.4 TSI wîth 118 kW / 160 PS) and the 280 PS Scirocco R (previously 195 kW / 265 PS).

Exterior sharper, interior loaded. The external characteristics of the Scirocco '2014' include its newly designed front and rear sections wîth redesigned H7 or bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights. The rear and now swivelling VW logo was designed as a handle for opening the boot lid. The interior is equipped wîth sport seats and a leather sport §teering wheel as standard, while the sports car also features new materials and colours. New technical features include the Dynaudio Excite sound system developed specifically for the Scirocco and the park §teering assistant (ParkAssist). Also new on board as standard are auxiliary instruments (charge pressure, chronometer, engine oil temperature) which pay tribute to the original Scirocco.

Scirocco to be launched on the market in summer. Volkswagen produces the latest Scirocco at its Portuguese works close to Lisbon. The sports car will be launched initially in Europe from the middle of August. Shortly afterwards, the other high-volume markets such as China, Argentina, Turkey, Australia, Russia and South Korea will follow.

The exterior of the Scirocco

Design dynamics. The design forms the visual basis for the overall sporty package of the Scirocco: wîth its unmistakable silhouette, the characteristic rear, the impressive front end and its appealing proportions the coupé also demonstrates visually that this car offers a high degree of agility and therefore provides driving fun. Like the first generation Scirocco, the third series of the sports car is also viewed as a stylistic icon. Reason enough to sharpen the design of the Scirocco carefully – although it can be recognised as 'new' at an initial glance – in order to develop its character further.

New front section. Precisely drawn lines, a fully new light signature by the headlights as well as aerodynamic 'blades' (narrow aerodynamic elements in the style of the Golf GTI) in the side of the bumper join together to form a new front section look. The new Scirocco also appears to be more clearly contoured and wider, due to the bumper surfaces painted in body colour as opposed to being kept black. The narrow 'blades' and a black, open-topped frame in the bumper form a striking contrast for light paint. The large cooling air inlet in the lower area of the front section and the upper air inlet are kept black. Together wîth the XL1 and the Beetle, the Scirocco is also the only Volkswagen where the VW logo is on the bonnet. In order to protect the front section better against damages when parking, the ParkPilot is now also provided for the front bumper.

New headlights.
Striking light design is typical for all Volkswagen models. This illuminated fingerprint is particularly interesting for the new Scirocco when the new bi-xenon headlights are fitted: the engineers and designers have integrated a narrow, convex LED contour underneath the xenon module which looks like an eyelid and functions as daytime running lights. The indicators are placed separately in the outer regions of the bumper, wîth fog lights as well as the daytime running lights in the standard version. They are visually separated by the 'blades'. Together wîth the body-coloured trim for the lower cooling air inlet, the result accentuates the width of the car. The new design also makes the Scirocco appear to sit even lower on the road.

New rear section. The brand's design DNA defines that the width of the vehicle in the front and rear areas is accentuated by using horizontal design features. The new Scirocco further reinforces this effect using completely newly designed LED rear lights and also a new boot lid. The trapezoidal contoured rear lights towards the centre of the vehicle wîth their C-shaped light contour now extend further into the boot lid which, in turn, is equipped wîth a horizontal light-refracting edge underneath the window. A new black diffuser matches this powerful and precise design, making the bumper appear to sit lower and the car as a whole flatter in its proportions. Practical: as stated above, the VW badge swings upwards when pressure is placed on the central axis in order to thus serve as a handle for opening the boot lid (which is protected against dirt). The number plate lighting also uses LED technology as standard.

New wheels and colours The newly designed 17-inch ('Shanghai') and 18-inch ('Lisbon' and 'Salvador') alloy wheels attract attention. As standard, the Scirocco is equipped wîth 17-inch 'Long Beach' alloy wheel rims and 205mm tyres (from 110 kW 225mm tyres). Optionally the coupé – and this is new too – can also be ordered wîth the legendary 'Talladega' design 18 or 19 inch alloy wheel which was previously reserved for the Scirocco R. Moreover, five of the 13 available colours are new to the line-up: these are the three standard paints 'Pure White', 'Flash Red' and 'Úrano Grey' as well as the metallic colours 'Últra Violet' and 'Pyramid Gold'.

The exterior of the Scirocco R. Traditionally independent design and upholstery elements characterise the top model in the series: the Scirocco R. This is equally true for the design of the front and rear aprons in motor sport look and for the wheels. In particular the three large, glossy black air inlets, the standard bi-xenon headlights, the LED daytime running lights and the LED indicators attract attention at the front. At the side, this includes the door mirror housings in 'matt chrome', the side sill extensions wîth 'R' styling and the brake callipers painted black wîth 'R' logo. At the rear, the chrome tailpipes (respectively on the left and right) and the larger roof edge spoiler still belong to the insignia of the 'R'; whereas the large air outlets in the bumper must be mentioned as new in the rear section. The standard 18-inch wheel trim for the Scirocco R was also redesigned. It is named 'Cadiz'; optionally this alloy wheel can also be ordered as a 19-inch version.

The interior of the Scirocco

Auxiliary instruments pay tribute to the original Scirocco. The new Scirocco has also been developed further in several areas inside. Thus, the optimised instrument panel trim on the passenger side which visually streamlines the dashboard wîth a striking horizontal edge is eye-catching. The air nozzle panels and the central panel around the navigation system wîth an aluminium-look are now flush-mounted in the instrument panel and thus accentuate the high-end quality of the interior. Like models such as the Golf GTI, the Scirocco is now also equipped wîth a new tubular-look instrument cluster; the instruments features new graphics and are smartly framed wîth an aluminium-look. The §teering wheel design was also derived from the Golf GTI. Additionally, the three auxiliary instruments integrated above the centre console are included as a standard: charge pressure, chronometer and engine oil temperature. They serve as a tribute to the first Scirocco in which, dependent on the equipment version, two auxiliary instruments were installed lower down in the centre console. It goes without saying that the new Scirocco is also still equipped wîth standard features such as air conditioning, Hill Hold, electric windows and sport seats.

Sporty decor, materials and colours. There is now a storage compartment close to the handbrake lever which can be closed using a 'sliding blind'. It is no coincidence that the new decor - 'checkered black' - in the central panel forms an optical bridge to the world of the Golf GTI. Last but not least, the seats have been redesigned wîth new materials. New are 'Matthew' (a tartan design wîth titanium black seat surfaces), as well as 'Greg' Alcantara which is available in the hues 'Ceramique', 'Deep Mocca' and 'Titanium Black'; as well as 'Vienna' leather in the colour variants 'Ceramique', 'Sioux' and 'black in carbon style'. Also new: the light upholstery trim 'Ceramique' for the lower section of the dashboard, door trim panels and the centre console which is offered in addition to 'black'.

The interior of the Scirocco R. Similar to the exterior, the interior of the Scirocco R is marked by the hand of Volkswagen R GmbH. The individualised features include the 'Race' seat covers wîth the 'R' logo and decorative stitching in crystal grey, the black roofliner, decorative 'Carbon Race' inlays, applications in glossy 'Piano Black' (radio faceplate, multifunction leather sport §teering wheel and door handles) and stainless steel pedals. The specific 'R' instrument needles are traditionally blue and the aluminium door sill plates are complemented by an 'R' logo.

The Scirocco engines

Úp to 19 per cent more fuel efficient. The 2014 Scirocco will be supplied wîth state-of-the-art technology for Volkswagen's four-cylinder engines. The perfected or new turbocharged direct injection engines all fulfil the stringent EÚ6 emissions standard; moreover they have been made up to 19 per cent more economical. Despite the reduced fuel consumption, all the engines demonstrate improved power. As standard, all new Scirocco up to a performance level of 162 kW / 220 PS also have a Stop/Start system as well as a battery regeneration mode. Except for the base engine (1.4 TSI, all Scirocco models can be combined wîth an optional dual-clutch gearbox (DSG).

Petrol engines have power outputs of between 125 PS and 280 PS. The performance range of the four TSI (turbo direct fuel injection engines) extends from 92 kW / 125 PS via 132 kW / 180 PS and 162 kW / 220 PS up to the new 206 kW / 280 PS powered exceptional engine of the Scirocco R. The 1.4 TSI wîth 125 PS is used for the first time by Volkswagen; the Scirocco base engine consumes 1.0 litres less per 100 km than its predecessor. Also, the 180 PS powered 2.0 TSI is new in the coupé line-up, following the 1.4 TSI wîth 118 kW / 160 PS in Europe. Although the new engine develops an additional 20 PS, it is some 0.6 litres per 100 km more economical than the 160 PS version. The adapted 2.0 TSI from the Golf GTI wîth 220 PS is also new in the coupé; a reduction in consumption of 1.4 litres per 100 km compared to its predecessor or 19 per cent.

Diesel engines develop 150 PS and 184 PS. The two Scirocco TDIs now achieve 110 kW / 150 PS and 135 kW / 184 PS. Both engines are extremely economical wîth 4.1 l/100 km (150 PS) or 4.3 l/100 km (184 PS). The reduction in consumption compared to the predecessor's less powerful engines is 0.8 litres / 100 km for both TDIs.

Four TSIs and two TDIs. A summary of the engines wîth their performance data, performance increases and consumption values (6-speed manual gearbox) is shown below:

1.4 TSI: 92 kW / 125 PS (+ 3 PS); 5.4 l/100 km / 125 g/km CO2.
2.0 TSI: 132 kW / 180 PS (+ 20 PS); 6.0 l/100 km / 139 g/km CO2.
2.0 TSI: 162 kW / 220 PS (+ 10 PS); 6.0 l/100 km / 139 g/km CO2.
2.0 TSI: 206 kW / 280 PS (+ 15 PS); 8.0 l/100 km / 187 g/km CO2.
2.0 TDI: 110 kW / 150 PS (+ 10 PS); 4.1 l/100 km / 107 g/km CO2.
2.0 TDI: 135 kW / 184 PS (+ 7 PS); 4.3 l/100 km / 111 g/km CO2.

Source - Volkswagen
Introduced in 1974, the Scirocco was considered to be the replacement for the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. The two cars, though, were worlds apart. The Karmann Ghia was underpowered, with an uninspired, ancient air-cooled flat four slung behind the rear axle. It was based off the simple Beetle's running gear, but at least had swoopy, Italian-bred styling by Ghia. It sounded like the polar opposite of the Scirocco, which had taut, straight lines and a relatively lively, water-cooled power plant. How, then, was the Scirocco considered a relative, let alone the replacement, of the Karmann Ghia?

Sure enough, the Scirocco followed right behind the Karmann Ghia‘s production, which ended in 1974. There is a much greater connection, though. To see it, we must consider Volkswagen's bread-and-butter cars during both the Karmann Ghia and the Scirocco's most prosperous years.

The Karmann Ghia, introduced in 1955, came about when the Beetle was still a remarkable car. The Bug was sturdy, reliable, and full of thoughtful design features absent in other cheap cars. By creating the Karmann Ghia, Volkswagen made a charming, if slow, sports car with reliability built in to a stylish package.

The Scirocco followed word for word the formula used by the Karmann Ghia. When the Scirocco made its debut, though the undying Bug was still around, the Golf was Volkswagen's real interest. That car was set up to phase out the old-fashioned Beetle with a modern, water-cooled machine that was just as sturdy and reliable as a Volkswagen should be. The Golf, though, was also as boring as a Volkswagen should be. So Volkswagen contracted Giugiaro, like Ghia a famous Italian designer, to add some life to a rugged platform.

Thus the Scirocco was born, a modern version of the Karmann Ghia featuring a sporty body resting over a dependable structure. That body was a hit, too. A product of the 1970's, it lacked the curvy charisma of the Karmann Ghia. Its wedge shape was fashionable for the time, though, and Giugiaro's skilled touch was evident. The car's creases had a modern Italian flair about them, and the racier lines were surprisingly practical. The new VW featured a hatchback and back seat offering about the same amount of room as the space-effective Golf upon which it was based.

By December of 1981, a second generation Scirocco was available. Its face-lifted styling was carefully executed in-house by Volkswagen. This second generation model featured water-cooled straight fours producing from 75-110hp out of the same 1.5 and 1.6 liter displacements of the first generation vehicles.

The desirability of a reliable German with sporty style was proved by the Scirocco's long production run. It lasted all the way until 1992, completing an 18 year stint remarkably similar to the Karmann Ghia's 19 years of production. To some, the Scirocco and Karmann Ghia will always be wolves in sheep's clothing, little more than dressed-up family cars. These Volkswagens, though, deserve much more credit than that. The Scirocco buyer received not just a practical, modern hatchback with sturdy construction, but also a sleek and carefully-crafted design guaranteed to age with more grace than others in its price range. That synergy of style and solidity was an impressive feat.

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By Evan Acuña
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