UPDATE: Volkswagen has announced that its new Scirocco coupe will go on sale in Europe this August with prices starting at £20,500 (approximately US$40,258) for the base 1.4L TSI petrol variant with 120hp (90kW). The entry-level model also comes standard with 17in alloys, leather trim for the steering wheel and handbrake, sporty bucket seats, six airbags and a sports-tuned chassis.

The standard gearbox is a conventional six-speed manual but buyers can opt for either six or seven-speed dual-clutch DSG units. The initial lineup will consist of the 1.4L TSI, followed by a 160hp (118kW) TSI and 200hp (147kW) TSI. Diesel fans will be limited to a 140hp (103kW) TDI, although a new 122hp (90kW) diesel will be added early next year.

There are still no plans to launch the Scirocco in North America due to the current state of the U.S. dollar, and recent reports claim the weak dollar could even delay the launch of the upcoming Mark VI Golf (Rabbit) as well.

After months of speculation and several leaks of official images last week, we can finally bring you all the official images and details of the new Volkswagen Scirocco sports coupe, which makes its debut today at the Geneva Motor Show, 34 years after the launch of the original model. Touted as a ‘practical sports car,’ the Scirocco merges advanced powertrain technologies with high levels of comfort and a spacious interior, and features a new transverse mounted seven-speed DSG.

First previewed in 2006 with the Iroc Concept, the Scirocco features an elongated roof, fluid flanks, an aggressive engine hood and headlights, and a broad rear end design with flared fenders and a wheel-at-each-corner design. With a length of 4.26m, the Scirocco is on par with the Golf. However, it’s built significantly lower to the ground and is nearly as wide as the Passat sedan. Four adults can be seated with plenty of space inside, and with the rear seats folded down there’s a generous 755L of storage space. The roof of the car, meanwhile, features a large panorama vent sunroof.

Powering the Scirocco range are TDI and TSI engines, all with forced-induction and direct-injection technology. The three TSI engines output 90kW (122hp), 118kW (160hp) and 147kW (200hp) respectively. The Scirocco’s common rail engine TDI engine develops a peak output of 103kW (140hp). Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or optional seven-speed DSG. The quickest version of the car sports a 200hp TSI engine with 280Nm of torque and completes the 0-100km/h dash in 7.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 235km/h, while still delivering an impressive fuel consumption figure of 31mpg (7.6L/100km)

The Scirocco will be entering the market across Europe in late summer, and other countries will follow over the course of the next year. Unfortunately for U.S. fans, there are still no plans to bring the Scirocco Stateside but this may change depending on the level of interest the car garners in other markets. All models come with an adaptive chassis control system (with ‘Normal,’ ‘Comfort,’ and ‘Sport’ modes), 17in alloy wheels, sports buckets and six airbags as standard.


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