Update for Volkswagen Scirocco
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Volkswagen will use next month's Geneva Motor Show as the stage upon which to unveil its new Scirocco and Scirocco R models - 40 years exactly since the original bearing the same name debuted. Building on the success of the current car - which has found over a million homes - the new Scirocco ups the game in terms of technology and equipment levels offered, plus the engine range is updated.
It's fair say the Scirocco's styling has been revised rather than reinvented. The design of the front bumper mimics that seen on the existing Golf GTI and GTD models with four horizontal aerodynamic blades incorporating the fog lights and indicators. These are pushed right to the widest points of the bumper by a large air intake.
Bi-Xenon headlights are now standard fitment and are complemented by narrow curved LED daytime running lights. Like the Beetle and futuristic XL1 models, the Scirocco also wears its VW badge on the bonnet rather than centred on the grille. At the rear new light clusters are the most noticeable difference and contain a new C-shaped design, which, like the design of the front, help to portray a wider appearance. A black rear diffuser along with dual exhaust tips are new, while the more powerful Scirocco R model will feature a unique rear bumper and exhaust outlets at either side.
Volkswagen has made a concerted effort to give the new Scirocco a more upmarket feel. The new layout features three auxiliary instrument dials mounted above the centre console, which, as well as serving a function are also a nostalgic nod to the original Scirocco. The main instruments adopt the tubular-look in keeping with Volkswagen's latest design language. Air vents now feature an aluminium finish while also being mounted flush with the instrument panels. A flat-bottomed leather steering wheel along with new sports seats enhance the performance feel.
In the case of the Scirocco R, the interior is adorned with the "R" logo on the seats, which also contain contrasting crystal grey stitching. A black roof lining and 'Carbon Race' inserts serve to remind the occupants that this version is a little more special.
The range of engines offered is similar to that seen across the Volkswagen range with a 125hp 1.4 TSI petrol engine serving as the entry point, emitting 125g/km of CO2. The popular choices in Ireland are likely to be the 150hp 2.0-litre TDI that uses a modest 4.1 litres per hundred kilometres. Like the Golf GTD, Volkswagen will also offer a more powerful 184hp diesel engine. For those wanting to get the most performance there's the 280hp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, while Volkswagen will also offer a choice of manual or DSG automatic gearboxes.
Volkswagen expects the new Scirocco models, including the Scirocco R, to hit the road this summer and although prices have yet to be confirmed, a significant price jump in comparison to the current car is not expected.
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