Production of the Volkswagen Scirocco has come to an end.
Despite its attractive coupe styling, worldwide sales of the 3-door Volkswagen Scirocco have been poor to say the least and the Wolfsburg-based firm has now turned off the life support machine by ceasing Scirocco production.
The first and second generation Scirocco was built between 1974 and 1992 with the third generation Scirocco introduced in 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Scirocco arrived in South Africa in 2009. A facelifted version followed in 2014, arriving to the local market in 2015.
The model sold reasonably well in Europe in 2009, the peak of its tenure, with sales reaching over 45 248 units in that year. Sales declined after that and in 2016, only 10 752 units were sold.
The current lineup of Sciroccos on offer in South Africa are powered by 2.0-litre turbopetrol engines in either Highline, GTS or R guise. The Scirocco 2.0 TSI Highline offers 132 kW and 280 Nm of torque with the Scirocco GTS bumps power and torque up to 162 kW and 350 Nm. The range-topping Scirocco R develops 188 kW and 350 Nm of torque.
Although the life of the Scirocco has come to an end, if rumours are to be believed, the Scirocco might be resurrected in the future on Volkswagen’s MEB platform and return as an electric model with a range between 322 - 603 km and possible power outputs of 126 kW for the base version and 223 kW for the electrified Scirocco R.
Until that happens, long live the Scirocco!