Scirocco? Isn't that some Car my Father Drove?
I admit that I'm probably not the most objective person in the world when it comes to the new, European-market Volkswagen Scirocco, as I have a 22-year-old Scirocco sitting in my garage. It's covered, sleeping quietly in safety, and in the eleven years I've owned this VW, it's never been kicked out of the garage, come hell, high water, or $200,000 Aston Martin test cars that happened to be in my possession. I'm so fond of the Scirocco because I love the GTI, and the Scirocco is simply a GTI with more... GTI.
So it's yet another car that Europeans get but we don't?
The Scirocco that VW gave to Europe earlier this year was originally supposed to come to the United States, as well. Then, Volkswagen announced that it wasn't coming. This morning, however, I read in Automotive News that Volkswagen of America is again considering bringing it here. Start crossing your fingers, because if you like the GTI (and what enthusiast doesn't?) you'll love the Scirocco.
In Europe, the Scirocco is priced similarly to the GTI, but it probably will cost significantly more if it's brought here. At least that's what the rumors say - and with VW rebadging Chrysler Town & Country minivans these days, nothing that the geniuses at VW of America do would surprise me. VW, it seems, is worried that the Scirocco would cannibalize GTI sales. That didn't stop either - or both - the GTI and the Scirocco from being successful in the 1970s and 1980s, but I digress.