It is time to pour one out for Volkswagen’s long-running two-door hatchback “coupe,” the Scirocco. Volkswagen formally introduced the Scirocco’s demise and stated it is not going to take further orders for the automobile. Clients nonetheless looking for their very own instance must scour native European dealerships for one.
The Scirocco started life as a substitute for the Karman Ghia coupe within the 1970s. Though VW based mostly the Scirocco on the Golf platform, practically each a part of the automobile was re-engineered to make sure a sportier look and driving character. The Scirocco remained in steady manufacturing till 1992, when it was on sale alongside the Corrado. Volkswagen finally killed the Scirocco in favor of the Corrado, and gross sales of the Corrado led to 1995. That marked the final the time VW offered both of those two-door hatches in america.
In 2006, Volkswagen introduced the return of the Scirocco, which gave beginning to the third-generation automobile. Sadly, Volkswagen by no means supplied the automobile in North America. Executives on the time feared it might cannibalize Golf GTI gross sales. The corporate additionally blamed a weak U.S. greenback in 2008 for the coupe’s failure to launch. Nonetheless, Automobile and Driver experiences a U.S. launch was thought of with the fourth-generation automobile. We will thank the Volkswagen diesel scandal for the automobile’s dying and a brand new concentrate on electrical vehicles and electrified powertrains at VW.
The spotlight of the ultimate Scirocco was most positively the Scirocco R, which made 276 horsepower at its peak. Now, the world has misplaced one more sporty two-door automobile.