Forty years after the original Volkswagen Scirocco hit the stands in Geneva, the latest variation of VW's stylish hatch coupe makes its formal debut at the Swiss show in March. Although still not destined for the U.S. market, the 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco boasts a bolder appearance, enhanced features and a selection of new gasoline and diesel engines that offer more power and greater efficiency.
The Scirocco's remake starts with edgier nose and tail treatments that borrow elements from VW's current GTI model to impart a more aggressive character. New lighting elements add a contemporary flair to all Sciroccos. The standard headlamps now can be upgraded to bi-xenon units that also bring LED running lights while slimmer, longer, full-LED taillamps complement the car's tail. As it does today, the range-topping 2015 Scirocco R is distinguished by its own unique front/rear fascia treatments and a larger decklid spoiler. While it steps up to the same 18-inch Cadiz alloy wheels fitted to the Golf R for 2014, other Scirocco variants get their own new rim designs including the Talladaga wheel that was previously available only on the R model.
The Scirocco's cabin benefits from a similarly modest but meaningful makeover that features a restyled dash with new main instrument graphics plus a central auxiliary display housing a chronometer, boost and oil temperature gauges. These readouts pay homage to the gauge package in the original 1974 model. New colors, upholstery materials, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Dynaudio sound systems further add to the Scirocco's upgraded ambiance. Here, too, the R model gets its own trappings including sport bucket seats with an "R" logo in the headrest, a sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals and other dedicated trim bits.
European buyers will be able to choose from six different turbocharged/direct-injected 4-cylinder engines in the new Scirocco, all driving the front wheels through a standard 6-speed manual transmission and all but the base engine offer a 6-speed or 7-speed DSG automatic. The gasoline roster starts with a 123-horsepower/1.4-liter unit with optional 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines rated at 178, 207 and at the top, a 276-horsepower unit in the Scirocco R. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines make 148 and 181 horsepower, respectively. VW claims average fuel efficiency across the entire range is up by 19 percent with the most efficient turbodiesel variant returning 68.9 mpg on the European combined cycle.
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