Today Volkswagen has officially announced the comeback of the much anticipated and legendary two-door Scirocco - dubbed as both 'versatile and affordable.'

Today Volkswagen has officially announced the comeback of the much anticipated legendary two-door Scirocco - dubbed as both 'versatile and affordable.' Exactly 34 years ago, Volkswagen launched the original first-generation Scirocco at the Geneva Motor Show in 1974.

When production of the second-generation Scirocco ended in 1992, the Corrado carried on the mantle of Volkswagen's sport coupe, but Corrado's life cycle was cut short in 1995 due to gloomy sales figures. Fast forward to 2008 and you'll find that conceptually, little has changed. The Scirocco is the sports car you can drive every day of the year and it'll be priced competitively at affordable prices, VW says. Volkswagen claims that the Scirocco incorporates "the successful marriage top technology and low running costs, dynamic performance and high comfort, a surprisingly spacious interior and an uncompromising sporty design."

As it goes on sale in late summer, prices start at 21,750 euros in Germany. Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen Group Chairman, says that "what we have done with the Scirocco is to put the kind of sports car in our showrooms that people have dreamed of owning. A dream that a good deal of motorists – in spite of all the high-end engineering we have integrated – can actually afford."

In a nut shell, these are the most important details:

Engines

  • Three petrol engines will be available
    • 122 hp TSI - 9.7 second acceleration (0-100 km/h) - 200 Nm torque - 200 km/h - 6.1 liters / 100 km
    • 160 hp TSI - 8.0 second acceleration - 240 Nm torque - 217 km/h - 6.5 liters / 100 km
    • 200 hp TSI - 7.2 second acceleration - 280 Nm torque - 235 km/h - 7.6 liters / 100 km
  • One diesel engine will be available
    • 140 hp TDI - 9.3 second acceleration - 320 Nm torque - 207 km/h - 5.4 liters / 100 km
  • 6-speed DSG available on 200 hp TSI and 140 hp TDI, 7-seven speed DSG available on 160 hp TSI

Other features

  • Four full-fledged sports seats
  • Cargo area - 292 liters
  • 17 inch wheels and hidden B-pillar
  • Front end - Volkswagen's "new design language"
  • Adapative Chassis Control - control over suspension and steering (Normal/Sport/Comfort)

For pictures, see link on the right.

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