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🏎️ Volkswagen Scirocco III
📍 Germany
🛠️ 1.4 TSI 200NM 122HP
💨 9,7 seconds
🔝 200km/h
💶 No longer on sale

What is it?

Born in 2008, the third generation of the Volkswagen Scirocco is a compact Coupe whose innovative style contrasts with the classic one of the contemporary Golf VI, with which it however shares the structure. The innovative and futuristic style of the Scirocco was not appreciated by its target market, and this led to unexpectedly low sales. Its production ended in 2017.


The back of a Scirocco R 📷 Volkswagen

The Scirocco 3rd gen., whose design has nothing to do with that of its predecessors dating back to the 70s and 80s, features the original VW logo placed on the hood, smooth lines and optimized aerodynamics. This aesthetic is partly the result of the work of Flavio Manzoni, an Italian designer known for developing some of the most successful Ferraris, such as the F12 Berlinetta and LaFerrari. The dimensions are 4,25 x 1,81 meters, just enough to comfortably accommodate four passengers and a 292-liter trunk which becomes a 755-liter once the rear bench seat is folded down.


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While the Scirocco III and Golf VI differ in many stylistic choices on the outside, the same cannot be said for the interior, in which the same infotainment was used, as well as the same finishes and technologies.


The range of engines is also shared with the Golf VI and other contemporary VW models, as is the gearbox, which is a basic 6-speed manual; two dual-clutch automatic transmissions are available as an option, one 6-speed and one 7-speed. Four engines have been available since the debut: a basic petrol 1.4 122HP; another 1.4 petrol, but with 160HP; a last 2.0 200HP petrol and 2.0 140HP diesel.


In this 2014 facelift, the lines are less rounded and the VW logo works as as handle to open the trunk

In 2009, a new 2.0 170HP Diesel engine debuted. In 2010, a very sporty variant made its debut, the “R” (pictured) with a 2.0 350NM and 265HP engine. This version sprints from 0 to 100 in just 5,6 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
In 2014, the first and only restyling of the Scirocco 3rd gen. debuted, with which the external lines became more angular and new bi-xeno headlights with LED daytime running lights were adopted, as well as a new front bumper. The rear has also been fitted with LED headlights and the new trunk lid opens using the VW logo as a handle, which in some cases even gained a few horsepowers. The restyling also led to the optimization of the fuel consumption of the previously introduced engines.
In 2015, the GTS debuted, a sporty variant, but not as extreme as the R, which is equipped with a 220HP 2.0.

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