The Volkswagen Scirocco: What Makes This Car So Popular?

Any Volkswagen aficionados among you will doubtless remember when the world’s first Volkswagen Scirocco was born, back in 1974. I personally wasn’t actually born until a few years later, yet my Volkswagen fanatic of a brother would always rave about how the first-generation Scirocco was one of his most-favourite cars ever made!

It’s no secret that Volkswagen cars have something of a cult following, ranging from the Nazi-era and Porsche-designed Beetle to the modern Golf and Polo models, and lest we forget the forever-memorable Volkswagen Transporter Type 2, which started production a few years after the end of World War II and was built for 64 years, ceasing to be produced as recently as December 2013!

The Volkswagen Scirocco in its current format has been available to Europeans since 2008, and is a somewhat familiar sight on the streets of this part of the world. If I’m honest, when I first saw the car it looked a little like the love child of a Volkswagen Golf and an Audi A3, but that’s hardly surprising considering the car is part of the German car manufacturer’s “Group A5” build platform, which includes those two particular models.

Engine choice

Built in Volkswagen’s Palmela plant in Portugal (tongue-twister or what?), the factory has been churning out Sciroccos for customers all over Europe. All models are powered by various popular Volkswagen Engines, specifically the following:

  • TSI (1.4-litre and 2.0-litre);

  • FSI (2.0-litre);

  • TDI (2.0-litre).

As you might have gathered, they all have different power outputs, ranging from 120 brake horsepower for the 1.4-litre TSI to 261 brake horsepower on the Scirocco R FSI model.

Included as standard in all Scirocco models is a six-speed manual gearbox, although it is possible to pay extra for an option six-speed or seven-speed DSG transmission on certain models.

And for those of you that are seeking fuel economy over performance, there is a BlueMotion variant (the 2.0-litre TDI 140 brake horsepower model) which features the familiar stop/start and regenerative braking technologies that can be found on BlueMotion models across all of Volkswagen’s current car and van models.

Exclusive to Europeans only?

Curiously, the Volkswagen Scirocco isn’t available for purchase in the United States! According to the German carmaker, although it’s a car that would fit in well with motorists in America, the firm simply wouldn’t make much money out of it due to the Euro – US Dollar exchange rates. So, for now, it seems the only way Americans can get their hands on a Scirocco is to import one through a specialist.

Availability of the Volkswagen Scirocco isn’t going to be an issue to Europeans, obviously, and it’s extremely easy to get hold of one in new or used format from dealers such as Motorline Direct.

Perhaps this exclusivity to the European market is one of the reasons that make the Volkswagen Scirocco such a popular car? In any case, if you have the opportunity to take one out for a test drive, I highly recommend that you do so; you’ll instantly fall in love with it!

Image Credit

Read More

Why Petrolheads Love The Jaguar F-Type So Much

March 28, 2014 • Cars • Views: 9221

Although there are all sorts of popular roadsters available for purchase these days, one of the most-popular models happens to be the Jaguar F-Type. A replacement for the iconic E-Type that was built in the 1960s, this car represents Jaguar’s attempt to put its mark on the high-performance sports

Businesses That Can Benefit From Car Advertising

March 28, 2014 • Cars • Views: 4039

There are many different ways to advertise today. Businesses can place ads in newspapers, send mailers, use social media, and take advantage of other solutions. All of these resources are often effective tools to reach new customers and grow your business. One way that many companies are capturing

3 Reasons You May Need a Car Accident Attorney

March 18, 2014 • Cars • Views: 3854

Over six million car accidents occur in the U.S. every year.  This equals approximately 18,000 accidents per day.  While this number may be overwhelming enough from the outside, if you are one of those involved in a car accident you know how devastating it can really be.  You may be left in

Cars Of The Future

March 18, 2014 • Cars • Views: 2973

Presented by Ifa Auto

Affordable Bond Cars

March 7, 2014 • Cars • Views: 4902

You’ve seen all the James Bond movies and you think you’d love to drive a car just like the one that James Bond drove. There are James Bond cars you can actually afford. You won’t get all the extras like machine guns, lasers and ejection seats. However there are models of James Bond cars

Electric Cars: Are They Finally Cool?

March 7, 2014 • Cars • Views: 13874

Technology is changing our world for the better. One of the biggest advances of the last decade has been electric cars that can compete with traditional vehicles. Even though electric cars remain controversial, they still continue to grow in popularity. In fact, it is estimated that electric car

Telematics: savings vs privacy concerns

March 7, 2014 • Cars • Views: 4048

In recent years, GPS navigators and tracking systems have become popular options for consumers wanting to abandon the paper map and get to their destinations quicker. GPS has more potential than just as a navigation tool though, and has been adopted into telematics systems. These are not only

Best Super Cars 2014

March 7, 2014 • Cars • Views: 3907

Since 1920, car manufacturers have enticed male audiences worldwide with super cars. These unique, sleek, and forward-thinking sports cars are produced in limited numbers to give buyers a sense of exclusivity and prestige. Besides being beautifully designed, super cars come equipped with customized

Best SUVs of 2014

March 7, 2014 • Cars • Views: 2929

SUV’s remain a premier choice for the outdoor adventurer as well as for the urban explorer. With better MPG’s and more options than ever before, the selection of 2014 SUV’s is better than ever! Toyota With seven different SUV’s and crossovers to choose from, Toyota makes it