Volkswagen will bring the Scirocco Coupe version next year at the Geneva Motor Show. But the company is not happy only with one version: they want to have more to say and make more competitors fear. As a result a roadster version is also in the works and will go on sale sometime in 2009, as a competitor for models like Audi TT Roadster or Porsche Boxster.
The first Scirocco was designed by Giugiaro, built by Karmann, and sold in the States between 1975 and 1981. It was a real success all over the world. And even if the second or the third generations weren’t quite a success, the company decided to revive the affordable coupe. A preview was made at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, when Volkswagen launched the Iroc concept, which is said to be closely related to the production version from 2008.
Even if it would have been easy to tap into Scirocco’s design heritage to launch this renaissance, Volkswagen instead chose a contemporary look. Though it boasts a family resemblance to the Golf, the Scirocco’s shallow side glass and wide stance are similar to the Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed original launched in 1974.
The decision of building a roadster version comes with no surprise, as the Scirocco shares its underpinnings with the attractive Eos. The Scirocco Roadster will feature a complex folding hood mechanism, but this won’t affect the car’s distinctive styling. The rear seats are ditched to accommodate the roof mechanism.
2009 Volkswagen Scirocco Roaster
Under the hood we will see the same engines as in the Coupe version. The entry-level models will likely get the just-introduced supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-liter Twin-charged four from the Golf GT. It pumps out 140 hp to 170 hp. Above that, a turbocharged 2.0-liter like that in the GTI can deliver 230 hp. A 2.0-liter diesel four will also slide into the engine bay, but that oil burner probably won’t come to the United States.
Volkswagen also plans a Scirocco 4Motion, probably later rather than at the initial launch of the model. Expect it to use the new 3.6-liter 15-degree V6 with 280 hp. Transmission choices will include a standard six-speed manual, with the popular double-clutch DSG unit an option.
The Roadster Scirocco will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than six seconds and will have a top speed of 160 mph (est.).
Volkswagen will build the Scirocco in Portugal on the same line as the convertible Eos. The two cars share a basic mechanical package, and with key suppliers having established satellite operations on site, sources claim the new Scirocco can be produced more cheaply and with the same quality as in Germany.