is making good on its promise of building a new Scirocco, a budget
four-seat coupe. It was unveiled at the Paris show in late September as
the Iroc concept. Barring such details as seats, wheels, interior, and
door handles, it's the real thing. The name gives a big clue, too--the
middle four letters of Scirocco (nothing to do with the International
Race of Champions or the Camaro IROC).
design is sharper and more aggressive than usual for a VW, with a
strong hexagonal grille surround (brushed aluminum on the concept,
plastic for production), angled-pair headlamps, and strong rear
haunches. But the car has to be positioned as a more practical machine
than an Audi TT, so it has a long greenhouse to provide useable rear-seat headroom.
The car features a Golf/Passat platform--the wheelbase is four inches longer than a Golf's, but the width is as per the Passat and Eos. Powertrains are from the familial lineup, too, but with the emphasis on small, lightweight powerful fours, such as the GTI's
2.0 turbo, and, as fitted to the concept, VW's excellent new torquey
and economical turbo- and-supercharged "Twincharger" 170-horsepower, 1.4
liter. The show car has DSG transmission.
AWD and V-6 will fit, but aren't in the budget spirit of the car. The
design was done in Wolfsburg, under the direction of Marc Lichte. Lead
designer was Robert Lesneck. The show car is painted Viper Green, like the 1974 Scirocco. It'll be built alongside the Eos at VW's plant in Portugal."