ARISE, SCIROCCO

It may have been on the slow­est boat from Ger­many but the Scirocco has been worth the wait

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On The Web - NEIL DOWL­ING neil.dowl­ing@carsguide.com.au

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.

VALUE

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.

DE­SIGN

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

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