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Volkswagen Introduces the New Scirocco

Post by LhYnxz on Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:08 am

Editors Note: The new Scirocco is *NOT* going
to be sold in the U.S. at this time. VWoA feels the new Scirocco is too
similar to the GTI in form and doesn't make sense to bring over. While
we think the new Scirocco looks better than the IROC concept, it still
isn't what a proper Scirocco should look like. Volkswagen had a
beautiful opportunity to build a great looking coupe that would be
unique in the lineup and instead has built a hotter GTI. As much as we
like the way this thing looks on its own, we're disappointed the "new"
Scirocco didn't turn out like it could have.

Volkswagen AG Press Release follows below...

Wolfsburg, Geneva, March 2008. It is back: 34 years after the
world premiere of the first Scirocco at the Geneva Motor Show,
Volkswagen is now presenting the Scirocco of the new era in the same
venue. Now as before, the coupé embodies the fascinating strategy of
putting a sports car on wheels that is fit for use every day of the
year at absolutely affordable prices. That is precisely what the new
Scirocco does: high-class technologies merge with low costs of
ownership, dynamic driving characteristics merge with a high level of
comfort, and a surprisingly spacious interior merges with an
uncompromisingly sporty design.

• Volkswagen Chief Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn: “In the Scirocco we
will be bringing the kind of sports car into the showroom that people
dream of. Yet it is a dream that an exceptionally large number of car
drivers will be able to afford – despite all of the high-end
technologies we have implemented.” The Scirocco will already be
entering the market across Europe in late summer, and other countries
will follow over the course of the next year.

Avant garde design of the Scirocco

• A calling card of the ambitious global concept is the new sports
car’s avant-garde design. The fact being that the lines of the Scirocco
study presented in August 2006 have been transferred to the production
car nearly unchanged. This includes the long wagon/coupé roof whose
form here is unique, and which pays tribute to the C-pillar design of
the first Scirocco, the car’s athletic side profile, its distinctive
engine hood and the entire rear end with its extremely broad shoulder
sections. Only the design of the radiator grille has been changed for a
more stylish and timeless solution.

• With a length of 4.26 meters, the Scirocco is on par with the Golf.
However, it is built significantly lower to the ground (1.40 meter) and
is nearly as wide as the Passat (1.81 meter). Four adults can be seated
with plenty of space inside. Once they are all aboard, the Scirocco
provides 292 liters of cargo capacity; when the two seatbacks of the
rear individual sport seats are folded down, capacity increases to a
considerable 755 liters. This contemporary Scirocco demonstrates
unfettered everyday utility, and it can be clearly recommended as a
sports car for every day of the year.

Avant-garde technology of the Scirocco

• Providing for ample power on the Scirocco – which comes with ESP and
sport chassis as standard equipment – are four TDI and TSI engines, all
of them charged and therefore just as torque-strong as they are
economical and low in emissions. The three TSIs (gasoline
direct-injection) output 90 kW / 122 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW /
200 PS. The Scirocco’s common rail engine (TDI) develops a power of 103
kW / 140 PS.

• Further high-tech elements of the Scirocco: a 7-speed DSG and an
“adaptive chassis control system”. Meanwhile, a large panorama vent
sunroof – extending from the A pillars to the B pillars – provides for
plenty of light in the interior. At the press of a button the
transparent panorama roof is raised up to 39 millimeters. When the sun
is too intense, a sunshade may be moved into place. But that is seldom
likely to be necessary, since the glass of the panorama vent roof
reflects 99 percent of UV radiation, 97 percent of infrared radiation
(heat) and 80 percent of visible light.

• The new Scirocco is one of the most attractive sports cars in the
world when it comes to pricing. Nonetheless, the standard equipment
package is super. Always there, for example, are 17-inch alloy wheels,
height adjustable driver and front passenger seats and steering wheel,
leather parking brake grip, sport seats, split folding rear seats,
power windows, air conditioning, ESP, braking assistant, six airbags,
speed-dependent power steering, and of course a sport chassis.

Wolfsburg, Geneva, March 2008. The designers of the third
generation of the Scirocco unmistakably designed it to be a pure sports
car. Different than the original Scirocco of the 1970s, and the second
generation introduced in the 1980s, the new car offers substantially
greater interior space. That is because – in contrast to its two
predecessors – the Scirocco of the year 2008 does not have a sloping
hatchback, but a wagon back with matching long roof and steep tailgate.
This offers two distinct advantages. First: the Scirocco exhibits very
crisp proportions. Especially when viewed from the rear, it immediately
becomes apparent that the 1.80 meter long roof with its lateral arrays
of windows stands on very wide and powerful shoulder sections. So the
Scirocco gets a waist that is flawlessly cut right from sports car
principles. Second: The new model also has space in the rear for two
adults plus sufficient luggage. All things considered, the
progressively styled Scirocco combines a high level of everyday utility
with a classy design.


The crisp dimensions of the new sports car also speak with a clear
language. The Scirocco – with its short overhangs – exploits its
wheelbase of 2,578 millimeters efficiently for maximum space. The
Volkswagen is 1,400 millimeters tall, exactly 4,256 millimeters long
and 1,810 millimeters wide.

Front end
The front end of the Scirocco displays a completely new Volkswagen
design language. On the one hand, it preserves historical elements,
while simultaneously taking a great leap forward. The radiator grille
and bumper are characterized by a dynamic that is timeless and
impressive. Technically, the front end concept also fulfills
Volkswagen’s stringent requirements for pedestrian protection.

Stylistically, the upper area of the Scirocco’s front end is dominated
primarily by horizontal lines. Spanning the area between the prominent
dual headlamps is a very narrow air inlet in luxurious black. Beneath
this is a very clearly designed area in car color. This narrow double
band of the black radiator grille and bumper painted in car color,
defined by sharp lines, will be used to identify other new models in
the future.

In the lower section of the front end, the image is marked by a central
air inlet in black with its diamond-shaped pattern, and to its left and
right the integrated turn signal and fog lamps. Incidentally, besides
the New Beetle, the Scirocco is the only other Volkswagen to sport the
VW emblem, not on the radiator grille, but on the engine hood instead.

Side profile

If you run your hand, first over one of the headlamps, then over the
fender and a door, you will notice that the profile curves alternate in
direction. Depending on the perspective and incident light, these
transitions on the sides of the car give it the appearance of a moving
muscle. The powerful image is reinforced by the standard 17-inch
wheels, which – due to the large track width (front 1,569, rear 1,575
millimeters) – are practically flush with the body.

Furthermore, it is the hidden B-pillar, the line of windows that rises
steeply toward the rear, and the conspicuously striking C-pillar that –
together with the long roof line that appears to be endless – convey a
very unique presence and dynamics. In the rear area, an integrated roof
spoiler offers another plus in dynamics and additional downforce at the
rear axle. Set in very clear counterpoint are the sculpturally shaped
taillights that are also eye-catching and prominent from the side view.

Rear end
The sculptural form of the wide taillights is most apparent when viewed
from the rear. Here, the car’s character is defined by the ratio of
proportions between the roof and shoulder section and thereby the car’s
waist. It is sharply contoured, since the roof runs significantly
narrower than the overall body. These stylistic traits produce a design
typical of a very powerful and significantly more expensive sports car.
In any case, the really wide track actually looks even wider than it
is. From the rear, the C pillars cannot be made out, since the rear
window extends across the entire vehicle width. The overall design of
the rear end – broader, with heftier bumpers plus a wide wheel track,
the roof line and roof spoiler, plus wide wrap-around rear window – all
lend an exceptionally powerful image to this car.


Four sport seats

The Scirocco is a full-fledged four seater. Here, full-fledged means
that two adults can be seated comfortably in the rear. Even when a 1.90
meters tall driver adjusts the seat, there is still plenty of knee room
in the back. There is no sense of cramped space here. Also guaranteeing
that everything is comfortable in this new sports car are the four
sport seats. Similar to the new Passat CC, ideally-contoured ergonomic
individual seats are used in the back of the Scirocco. Providing for a
high level of safety are the headrests that are permanently mounted to
the seatbacks in the rear.

The front sport seats include an Easy Entry feature for easier entry
and exit of the rear passengers. Specifically, when the seatback of a
front seat is unlatched, the seat moves forward; afterwards, it
automatically returns to its preset position. Also standard: height
adjustment of the front sport seats. By way of an option for the
Scirocco, Volkswagen also offers a “Lifestyle seat upholstery and trim”
with Alcantara appointments and the leather upholstery and trim
“Vienna”, the latter in the colors “Titanium Black” or “Truffle”.

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Re: Volkswagen Introduces the New Scirocco

Post by LhYnxz on Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:09 am

Cargo area

The cargo area shows good size too. Laid out like a station wagon,
loaded up to the height of the cargo cover it offers a volume of 292
liters. If the seatbacks of the rear individual seats are folded down,
a cargo area capacity of 755 liters is available. Even in this case,
there is no problem loading the car up to the roofliner, since a cargo
net can be integrated behind the front seats.


The driver and front passenger in the Scirocco experience a sporty and
well-developed ergonomic environment. Pleasing to the touch and
appealing to the eye are the complex designs of the interior door trim.
Instruments and gages have also been laid out intuitively and clearly.
In particular, the center console with its controls arranged at a high
level exhibits a refreshingly clear layout. Arranged directly beneath
the two center air vents is the selected audio system. The latest
equipment generation is being implemented on the Scirocco (RCD 210 to
RCD 510). Always there: a MP3-capable CD player and changer. In
parallel, there will be two audio-navigation systems. The top model,
designated the RNS 510, delivers refined features such as a 6.5-inch
touchscreen and an extremely fast 30 gigabyte hard drive. The Scirocco
also features a special instrument cluster with white illumination.


Volkswagen will be offering the Scirocco as the world’s first sports
car whose engines are all charged. The three TSIs – gasoline
direct-injection engines –output 90 kW / 122 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and
147 kW / 200 PS. The TDI, a highly advanced common rail engine,
develops 103 kW / 140 PS. All of the Sciroccos are shifted by a
six-speed gearbox.

TSI with 122 PS

Maximum power with minimal consumption – within a very short period of
time this property has made the TSI four cylinders synonymous with a
new generation of the most fuel-efficient and at the same time sporty
Volkswagen engines. Representing the entry level into the world of
these multiple award winning engines is a 90 kW / 122 PS strong TSI (at
5,000 rpm). In the Scirocco, the four cylinder engine develops its
maximum torque of 200 Newton-meter at a low 1,500 rpm – i.e. just above
idling speed. The TSI takes the car to a top speed of 200 km/h. The 122
PS Scirocco handles the classic 0-100-km/h sprint in 9.7 seconds. Its
average fuel consumption of 6.1 liters Super Unleaded per 100
kilometers makes it one of the most economical sports cars of its
class. Important: even this entry-level engine breathes agility into
the Scirocco in the lower speed range and turns country highways into a
source of great enjoyment.

TSI with 160 PS
This is the latest TSI: a four cylinder, turbo- and supercharged, with
118 kW / 160 PS (at 5,900 rpm). Like all of the TSIs, this engine is
exceptionally economical (average fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km) and
torque-strong (maximum of 240 Newton-meter at just 1,750 rpm) too. This
TSI takes the Scirocco from rest to 100 km/h in 8.0 seconds; its top
speed is 217 km/h. As an option, the 160 PS TSI may be paired with the
first 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) in the world that is
transverse mounted.

TSI with 200 PS
At the highest power level, the Scirocco comes with a powerful 147 kW /
200 PS (at 6,000 rpm) TSI. It too has a turbocharger, and it also
shines with very good torque and fuel economy. Per 100 kilometers this
280 Newton-meter (from 1,700 rpm) strong four cylinder consumes just
7.6 liters of fuel. Yet it can still deliver a top speed of 235 km/h.
The highest performing Scirocco of all times completes the sprint to
100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. As on the Golf GTI with an identical engine,
for example, this engine can be ordered with an innovative 6-speed dual
clutch transmission on the Scirocco too.

TDI with 140 PS
At its market launch in Europe, the Scirocco will already be available
with a clean and torque-strong 140 PS TDI (103 kW at 4,200 rpm). This
highly advanced common rail diesel is especially quiet. It develops its
maximum torque of 320 Newton-meters starting at just 1,750 rpm. The
Scirocco completes the 0-100-km/h sprint in just 9.3 seconds with this
TDI. Its top speed of 207 km/h contrasts with an average fuel
consumption of just 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers. Volkswagen offers an
optional 6-speed DSG with this engine too.


Perfectly tailored to a sports car like the new Scirocco is the newly
developed “adaptive chassis control”. It exercises direct control, not
only over the suspension characteristic, but also over tuning of the
electro-mechanical power steering.

“Adaptive chassis control” offers three programs: “Normal”, “Sport” and
“Comfort”. “Sport” and “Comfort” are each selected by a button in front
of the gearshift lever. It is important to note here that “adaptive
chassis control” improves the driving properties of the Scirocco in
“Normal” mode too – that is, all the time. That is because the
suspension is continually being adapted to the roadway and driving
situation. The system also reacts to acceleration, braking and steering
inputs. This resolves the conflict in goals between a stiff sporty
suspension and a comfortable one. That is precisely what makes for
considerably better ride comfort – which is also quite noticeable in
the “Normal” mode.

The “Sport” program can be recommended as a type of “Nuremburg
Ring–North Loop” race track mode. In this case, the suspension is
significantly stiffer. In parallel, the power-assist for steering is
reduced for more direct steering response. The opposite is done in
“Comfort” mode. In this case, ride comfort is especially improved on
poor roadways and while driving slowly.
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