It may have been on the slowest boat from Germany but the Scirocco has been worth the wait
It’s taken some time to get to these shores, but Volkswagen’s Scirocco has been worth the long wait
NAMING your cars after winds can be as tricky as sailing into them. Volkswagen claims the German word for the winds that propelled early sailing traders as the name for its family model, Passat.
A soft breeze, however, wouldn’t wash over the twodoor version of the hot Golf R, with its 188kW and the attitude of a guard dog.
The scirocco is a hot wind that blows north from the Sahara into the Mediterranean, which is why the name so suits Volkswagen’s coupe.
It looks more expensive than $47,490 (plus $2500 for the DSG auto).
It has the hot looks, bristling performance and thundering exhaust note to trounce coupes that double its price tag.
The kit is expansive, starting with the eight-speaker audio with Bluetooth and iPod/USB connection, bi-xenon headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels, heated seats and park sensors, and electronic adjustable suspension damping.
Since I saw one five years ago — white with silver alloys and red brake calipers, rumbling through a narrow,
Bright and breezy: The Volkswagen Scirocco R coupe