VW Scirocco - Back For Good?Most people know that the word Scirocco derives from the Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara desert you did know that didn't you? Did you also know that the last Scirocco's finally rolled off the production line as far back as 1989?Well after a nineteen year or so absence the Scirocco is back some say by popular demand others say that car manufacturers' attempts at recycling has started with just the names! Whatever your view on the matter I think the consensus of opinion is that the return of this sporty hatchback is all together a welcome one.
Production continued until around 1989 by which time a further 290,000 were produced whilst sales continued to around 1992 until the Scirocco had been replaced by the Corrado launch x431 v plus. Many Scirocco enthusiasts remain however and there is a thriving owner's network especially in the UK.
After much press speculation in 2006 VW unveiled the concept version of the Scirocco known as the Iroc at the 2006 Paris Motor Show and it attracted a huge amount of attention.
Options include cruise control and hill hold control. The Scirocco comes with 18" Alloys as standard but 19" are an available extra should you want to really look the business. 2009 should see the arrival of a less potent 1 Autel MaxiPRO MP808TS.4 petrol version together with a diesel.
Early reviews of the GT have proclaimed that the handling of the car is exceptional especially at higher speeds with low wind noise and precise cornering. The interior has a high quality feel as you would expect from VW. Fuel economy is better than expected unless you drive the car really hard.
Overall residual value should be maintained due to the interest in the Scirocco so it just remains to be seen if the new Scirocco is as popular as its predecessor but I have a more than sneaky feeling that it will.Jon Barlow looks at the new VW Scirocco at his local Bristol VW Dealer