There’s a fast, hot and humid southeast to southwest wind that comes from the hot, dry desert air-flow over Northern Africa. It flows fiercely northward into the southern Mediterranean basin.
It’s not very nice. Fortunately, the name given to that not very nice wind has now been attached to something that is very nice.
Meet the Scirocco from Volkswagen.
It’s been a long-time coming, but the recently launched 2012 VW Scirocco R is worth the wait. The Scirocco was released internationally more than three years ago, but Volkswagen initially resisted the temptation to bring the car to Australia, fearing that it would take sales away from the three-door Golf R and Golf GTI models.
With the three-door Golf R no longer available for sale, the road is now clear for the Scirocco R. The design of this car r turns heads and the wedge shape is a winner with passers-by. There’s also a surprising amount of room in the back. Inside, it’s a VW through and through with chrome highlights breaking up the rich expanse of black.
While this car shares the Golf platform – it’s not a VW Golf. This car is better than the Golf GTI. It handles better, looks better and will take you from 0 to 100 kph in 6 seconds.
A sports coupe should be fast, and if the Volkswagen Sirocco wants to live up to its impressive name, it should be fast, hot and exhilarating – and it is! The Scirocco delivers on its name and lives up to the smooth body shape and sleek design. If you’ve been in other modern VW’s you will notice parts sharing but that’s of little concern as it all works … and works well. The room in the back is generous for a coupe and although headroom is limited, the seats are first class and the boot size is adequate for this kind of performance car.
The body of this three-door hatch sits low and looks poised for action and stability at the same time. All VWs handle well and the Volkswagen Scirocco is no exception.
You’ll have hill start assist, plus an ESP package, brake assist, Electronic Differential Lock, Anti-Slip Regulator and ABS brakes. This coupe likes being on the road and wants to stay on it! Front, side and curtain airbags complete the safety picture.
The Scirocco is not just hot air. It’s a very fine addition to the Volkswagen range. This is the car that VW enthusiasts have been waiting for – and it definitely turns heads when it’s on the road.
The twin headlights look focussed and keen and are mirrored by the fog lights below. The lines are clean, aerodynamic and unruffled. The twin chrome exhausts at the rear are just some of the tiny touches of smooth Euro class – exactly what you would expect from a VW.
The 2 litre direct injection turbo charged petrol engine is as good as they come. This sporty newcomer is front wheel drive with adaptive chassis control.
This beautiful package with automatic transmission is all yours for $56,000 on road from John Hughes Volkswagen. Look for the Scirocco and other new Volkswagen cars online.