Dear Editor, I have been contemplating a decision lately. I have just taken over a second hand Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 with about three years left before its COE expires. The owner has told me that the warranty has expired a few years back and since then, he has gone to a third-party workshop for repairs and maintenance needs.
Admittedly, I’ve been talking with a few fellows from the Volkswagen Scirocco Club and we have since talked about upgrading the handling on my car, which has been left relatively stock, from what I can see. Will handling be greatly improved like what they say? I am currently looking at a set of coilover on sale, as well as other bits and pieces of upgrades that promise to increase my car’s cornering capabilities.
What are the other components that I should be looking at too? – Ezekiel Loh Firstly, congratulations on your purchase! The 1.4 twin-charged motor under the bonnet of the Scirocco is truly a dandy fine engine, coupled with the Scirocco’s low-slung body, it is pretty much a performance coupe from birth for the economist who has a penchant for some spirited driving.
There are a lot of suspension kits out there with varying prices. Naturally, aftermarket coilovers are not going to go easy on your wallet. These often cost more than a few thousand dollars. Why so, you may ask, simply because they have been rigorously tested and possess various functions that will further aid you in your quest for clearing a corner quickly.
Other handling components that you can also look at include antiroll bars, otherwise known as sway bars. These are to complement the coilover’s stiffness and provide you with the slight handling edge, including the way you would like to car to turn, as per your driving style.
Want to take it a step further? Reinforced lower arms, roll centre adjusters and hardened bushings are the way to go, however do consider your needs before installing these at a single go. Some of these aftermarket upgrades might not be as forgiving as their stock counterparts and might cause some discomfort and annoyance if your other half is not half as keen as you are towards stiffening your chassis.
In any case, Wheels Asia is just a magazine and email away, so do drop us another query if you have any! By the way, do refer to February 2016’s issue’s Mod Job, which also features a pretty soup-up Volkswagen Scirocco! – Editor