Published on March 25th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Have You Seen A Mk1 Volkswagen Scirocco
The first ever Volkswagen sports coupe.
Most Malaysians have seen and probably driven or owned the current generation Volkswagen Scirocco coupe. Launched in Malaysia in 2009 the Scirocco was an instant sales hit with its stylish shape and responsive engines (2 variants arrived in Malaysia with a choice of two petrol engines with 3 stages of tune in Malaysia. These comprise a 1.4-litre twin-charged petrol unit producing 160 PS; a 2.0-litre turbocharged 200 PS engine; and of course the Scirocco we all wanted, the ‘Scirocco R’ tuned version arrived in February 2014).
The First Scirocco
It was billed as the first “fun car” from Volkswagen for the younger generation: The Scirocco desert wind conquered the hearts of fans in the early 1970s with a combination of Italian design and a completely novel technical concept. There are also two one-of-a-kind turbo models and two further bi-motor test cars which was featuring a powerful engine in both front and rear and it could reach speeds of up to 290 kilometers per hour.
With its timelessly elegant body designed by Giorgio Giugiaro, also responsible for the Golf I, the Mk1 Scirocco, named after an African desert wind, hit the 2+2-seater coupé segment like a whirlwind. This model with its large tailgate, which was produced by Karmann from 1974, featured the transverse engines and front-wheel drive system of the Golf. Depending on the trim level (L, TS, GT), the front end boasted rectangular or double headlights.
The top model in the range was the GTI, introduced in 1976 with a power output of 110 PS, a top speed of 185 km/h and a larger front spoiler. The equally powerful GLi was a luxurious rather than a sporty version. Up to 1981, more than 500,000 units of the first ever Scirocco were sold throughout the world but only a handful arrived in Malaysia and are still running around thanks to dedicated owners and their mechanics.
The Second Scirocco
The Scirocco II was launched in 1981 with an elongated wedge-shaped body, softer lines and a rear spoiler installed above the rear window. The most powerful model in the series was the Scirocco GTX 1.8 16V with 139 PS. This was the first Scirocco to pass the 200 km/h mark. In terms of appearance, it also competed with the Golf GTI of the time, with its black wheel arch extensions, spoilers and side sills. Production of the Scirocco II, assembled by Karmann in Osnabrück, came to an end on September 7, 1992 after 291,497 units. Again, only a small number of cars arrived in Malaysia and these handful of owners and their mechanics take loving care of their Rocco’s (this is its nickname).
The Third Scirocco
The first Scirocco, the successor to the Karmann Ghia Coupé, appeared on the market in 1974. Over a period of 18 years, 795,734 units of the first two Scirocco generations were produced. In 2008, Volkswagen launched a comeback of the Scirocco with the third generation. In mid-2014, Volkswagen carried out a major upgrade on the sports car and also added a 206 kW / 280 PS R version to the range.
This coupé excelled as a nimble cruiser, a dynamic companion for commuters, a high-quality sports car for a visit to the racing circuit or simply as a charismatic all-rounder with its large tailgate. The life-cycle of the third Scirocco has come to an end, after more than 280,000 cars built and delivered around the globe.