The time has come to mourn the demise of yet one more sporty automotive nameplate. This one doesn’t have an effect on the North American market, and whereas inevitable, it’s type of a bummer nonetheless. The Volkswagen Scirocco isn’t any extra.
Volkswagen’s German web site and numerous media shops confirmed the hatchback’s demise this week, saying that potential consumers within the markets the place the Scirocco is bought can not order new ones, however can solely purchase the present provide. As Volkswagen offers with the large prices of its diesel emissions dishonest scandal, and retools to concentrate on electrical automobiles and big SUVs that Individuals may truly purchase, no Scirocco substitute is in sight—or prone to occur in any respect.
A little bit of a disgrace, but in addition not shocking. The Scirocco resurrected a sporty Golf-based hatchback that ran from the 1970s via the early 1990s and has turn out to be one thing of a well-loved collector’s merchandise amongst VW weirdos and folks with good style.
The present one went on sale in 2008 and has truly been based mostly on the Mark V Golf, so the present Golf and GTI far surpass it in expertise. It by no means went on sale within the U.S., though we did snag one for a weekend years in the past so we might take it to Ikea.
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Regardless of being principally only a hotter Golf with a extra trendy physique, American followers clamored for VW to convey the automotive stateside for years. It by no means occurred. It could’ve been too costly, VW mentioned, and may eat into GTI and Golf R gross sales.
The highest-shelf Scirocco for the time being is the 217 horsepower GTS; the 276 horsepower Scirocco R was phased out a while in the past. Not like the Golf R, it solely got here in front-wheel drive.
I as soon as heard a narrative concerning the Scirocco from a well-connected trade buddy. You need to take it with a grain of salt; I heard it second- or third-hand and I’m not even certain if it’s true. However it’s believable.
Anyway, the story goes that at one of many newer European auto reveals a senior Volkswagen engineer took a crowd of his youthful employees to the Ford stand, the place sat the then-new 2015 Mustang that had simply gone on sale in that continent. The senior engineer informed his workforce “That’s what you’re up in opposition to,” earlier than continuing to berate them in German. He was speaking concerning the Scirocco.
At any fee, the Mustang, whereas costlier, completely has the Scirocco outclassed when it comes to energy and driving dynamics and has since gone on to turn out to be the best-selling sports activities automotive in Europe. Even Volkswagen’s personal GTI and Golf R make for extra sensible and fashionable propositions. Contemplating the competitors it now faces, and the overall world market shift towards crossovers and SUVs, it’s simple to see why the Scirocco died and onerous to see why VW would wish to put any effort into changing it.
Nonetheless, I’d wish to dwell in a world the place there are extra sporty coupe choices, not fewer ones, so I’ll nonetheless pour one out for the Scirocco. Perhaps we’ll see them stateside in 25 years.