In the mid 1970′s, VW built a sweet little hot hatch called the Scirocco. It looked like this:
Uh, I mean this:
I know, sweet right?
The next incarnation came out in 1982. Once again, pretty damn fresh for the era:
After the mid-80′s the car was canceled, to come back as the awesome-looking but underpowered Corrado.
When I was living in Sweden in 2009, I walked past a VW dealership and dropped my smörgås right there on the sidewalk.
I mean, this thing was hot. Low, wide, and with that trendy gloss-black roof I can’t get enough of.
Just look at those air scoops; it sucks up oxygen like I’d suck a body shot of Sauza Gold off Marisa Miller.
Needless to say, I was psyched to see these things hit the US streets.
But that was over a year ago, and you haven’t seen any around have you?
That’s because VW has chosen not to let us enjoy these lovely machines. In fact, I later learned that the car I saw wasn’t even new… it had been for sale for a year already in Europe. So my moment of astonishment chalked up to another one of the many displays of American ignorance I would put on while living abroad.
Adding insult to injury, a few days ago VW bragged about their 100,00th 3rd Gen Scirocco leaving the Portugal factory (yes, they build a lot of VWs in Portugal).
Factory manager Andreas Hinrichs even had the gall to say “The Scirocco is one of the most important cars that we produce. For myself personally, it was a moving moment.” (AutoWeek).
Just rubbing our noses in it. What an asshole.
Did I mention that 100,000th car was a Scirocco R, which puts down 265 horsepower from a turbocharged 2 liter engine and clears 60 MPH in less than six seconds? Not bad for a hot hatch. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. If you can’t get enough, check out Car & Driver’s gallery.
Is that a D-wheel!? Lucky European bastards!
And didn’t I mention Marisa Miller earlier?