In 2008, Volkswagen revealed the Scirocco coupe, a throwback name for a car that had nothing to do with the 1974 original Still the two-door cut a sporty line different to the Golf 6 it was based on. It hasn't been a resounding success in pure sales terms, but the thousands of people who bring their tuned examples to the Worthersee hint it's a cult car among Vdubs. Thus, six years after it came out, the people's car makers decided to update the whole range with a facelift.
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We first got to see the Scirocco facelift on February 16, a not-so-sunny Sunday morning when Volkswagen dropped press photos on us. The changes made seemed not only minimal but also seemingly worsened the look the car. But when we found the new coupe models on Volkswagen's massive Geneva stand, the exact opposite seemed to be the case. Just like Audi facelifts, the lighting systems at the front and back bundle together most of the big changes. Th new taillights are full-LED and appear very crisp, but the headlights use xenon with LEDs only used for accenting.
Concerning the flagship Scirocco R, we'd call that car a little crook. It's stolen the large 19-inch wheels from the Golf 7 R and the silver mirror caps from the Audi S3.
The engine range is the only place where we can say radical changes have been made. The base unit is still the 1.4 TSI, but its output has risen from 122 to 125 PS, with improvements made to fuel consumption as well. The rest of the petrol lineup is basically only made up of 2-liter TSI engines , delivering 180 PS (+20 PS) and 220 PS (+10 PS). New to the range is the 180 PS engine, which is introduced as a replacement for the 1.4 TSI 160, which was twin-charged. There are also two new diesels available. The old 2.0 TDI with 140 PS is replaced by the new 150 PS unit from the Golf and the 177 PS unit from the old Golf GTD is replaced by the new 184 PS unit from the new GTD. Both have more torque as well, delivering superior performance and economy.
Finally, there's the flagship of the Scirocco range, the R. This gets a new engine as well, its old 265 PS mill being replaced by the 280 PS one from the Leon Cupra.
Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida. Full profile
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