Volkswagen Scirocco (2009)

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VW Scirocco

Over 34 years the original Volkswagen Scirocco coupé made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, a new era of design and paving the way for production of new which included the original . the third generation went on

The new VW Scirocco remains true to the that made the first Scirocco such a success with iconic design, two four seats, front and front wheel drive. Yet its historic roots, this car is the most dynamic and technically production coupé Volkswagen has built.

The new Scirocco is wider and than the Golf GTI, but ten centimetres lower, emphasising its coupé character. Its looks are and its ‘face’, with the Volkswagen moved from the grille to the defined a new era of design for Volkswagen.

At in the UK in September 2008, just one and one trim level was available: the 2.0-litre TSI with 200 PS in GT specification. then, a further 1.4-litre 160 PS TSI unit and two 2.0-litre common TDI diesels with 140 or 170 PS have the line-up, along with a trim level.

All Sciroccos in the UK benefit from Adaptive Control (ACC), Volkswagen’s system which allows the to select from comfort, and normal modes to define the suspension, steering and accelerator settings for any particular journey. standard equipment includes ABS ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), six alloy wheels and air conditioning electronic climate control on GT Options include a panoramic leather trim and touchscreen navigation.

2009 Volkswagen

Even before launch the new of Volkswagen Scirocco proved popular with more 11,000 potential customers up to receive email updates the new vehicle via the Volkswagen website months prior to the car going on In May 2008, a race car based on the Scirocco, named the GT24, to success in its class at the Nürburgring endurance rance and was invited to in the Supercar Run at the Goodwood Festival of With 325 PS, significantly altered and carbon fibre panels, the delighted crowds throughout the and paved the way for a successful market of the road car

Since launch, the Scirocco has continued to win the hearts of enthusiasts claiming a number of awards including Top Gear ‘Car of the Year 2008′, Car of the Year’ in the Scottish Car of the Year 2008, Sky Motoring Awards ‘Best All Rounder’, Loaded’s of the Year 2008′ and What ‘Best Coupé’ accolade.

The is produced at Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa in Palmela, Portugal, alongside the people carrier and Eos coupé It is one of Europe’s most up-to-date plants, employing around people and occupying a total of 2,000,000 square metres. Autoeuropa has 59 Portuguese suppliers, 15 of are located on the factory site guarantees an efficient and highly-developed supply system.

In 2007 the plant produced approximately vehicles including the Sharan, Eos and the Alhambra. Palmela has a state-of-the-art shop, body shell paintshop and final assembly

Autoeuropa has been operational April 1995. It was established in following a collaboration between and Ford. Ford took for factory planning and purchasing and for vehicle development. At the time was the biggest foreign investment in Portugal.

Since 1999 the plant has been a wholly-owned of Volkswagen AG.

Ecological considerations and the handling of natural resources are to the Volkswagen corporate philosophy. before the European Used Car and the resulting national legislation into force, Volkswagen had set a number of environmental objectives, the reduction of CO2 emissions and effective methods.

As well as optimising its assembly technology, Volkswagen to lead in the introduction of new methods to the recycling of plastics, and is developing stringent processes for the efficient of resources such as water, and materials.

Autoeuropa is one of the few plants in already to have received its ISO environmental certification, and has supported its suppliers in obtaining their accreditations.

In planning the plant, attention was paid to protection of and groundwater. All pipelines through potentially dangerous substances are are installed above ground Tanks which are set into the are fitted with double-skinned and leak detection devices.

In the case of waste handling, of processes and packaging, great has been placed on factors as recycling and volume minimisation. reduction targets have been set. The plant recyclable packaging for most parts, while the remaining waste and other materials as paper, cardboard, plastics, or metals are separated then to specialist recycling companies.

All used for temporary storage of are sealed, insulated and connected to a water treatment plant.

The was the first Volkswagen to exhibit the new of the brand and marked a new era of design. The car was by a team led by Klaus Bischoff, of Volkswagen Design, plus Lichte, and overseen by Walter de Group Head of Design, and inspiration from the original Concept which was shown at the Motor Show in September

Deep front airdams and a grille element with black insert are framed by chrome-backed headlight units. of note, the Volkswagen roundel has from its traditional position in the to the bonnet.

Further back, haunches that sweep the rear wheel arches are by a tapered sill line pinches around the middle of the These haunches flow the slim high intensity light units and a wide boot, on top of which is a subtle wing. The VW Scirocco has frameless a feature that further the car’s sporting credentials.

configured to appear low and wide, the designers moved away using a traditional coupé’s roof. Instead the Scirocco has a hatch with a long and vertical tailgate, which two key advantages.

The first is in design the car’s unusual proportions it a squat but purposeful appearance; the and arguably more important, is the upright rear and short give the Volkswagen Scirocco space in the rear for two adults luggage. This means the car is not stylish but is also practical, and of seating four adults of average height in comfort.

The VW aggressive yet cohesive exterior runs into the car’s Four sculpted sports offer comfort and support for all passengers, while non-detachable ensure safety at all time for seat occupants. A generous of interior space is also by these seats.

As they are low in the car in true sports coupé they allow interior of 948 mm in the front and 924 mm rear meaning headroom is available.

The rear can also be split (50:50) and to increase cargo space necessary. A maximum 755 litres is in the Scirocco.

For added convenience, the seats offer rear easy entry and exit to the seats. When unlatched, not only tip but also slide to maximise entry room. when they are put back, automatically return to their set positions, meaning driver and do not have to readjust their

Naturally the two front seats are for height and reach, as is the steering while a 12-way electrically driver’s seat with support is offered as an option leather upholstery.

In the cabin, the is treated to clear, easy-to-read with chrome-ringed and white dials, plus ergonomically-designed Volkswagen’s dash-mounted RCD 510 system touchscreen gives easy to all stereo functions, and includes a six CD SD card reader and connection for multimedia sources, for example an or MP3 player.

Should a customer to upgrade their car with navigation they will from the RNS 510 unit with disc supported navigation The system’s hard disc allows routes to be recorded driving and re-traced, even terrain where there are no and songs to be stored and re-played.

design features include a flat-bottomed multifunction sports wheel and distinctive triangular handles on the doors. The interior is airy and surprisingly roomy, the option of an electrically-operated tilting sunroof emphasises the feeling of

The Volkswagen Scirocco is available a choice of two petrol and two diesel These comprise a 1.4-litre petrol unit producing 160 PS; a turbocharged 200 PS engine; and two versions of a common rail TDI unit 140 or 170 PS.

TSI petrol engine technology

The TSI represents all of Volkswagen’s pioneering petrol engines which are in the Scirocco. These engines high levels of power low emissions from a relatively capacity. Where FSI uses the injection of petrol into the chamber to improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and linked to the 1.4-litre engine TSI this a step further and an FSI engine which is then through a combination of an engine supercharger and an exhaust gas turbocharger in series.

The driving characteristics of the new TSI are improved over those of an FSI The belt-driven supercharger operates at the engine speeds, with the coming in as engine speed The result of this is excellent and performance throughout the range no turbo lag and high maximum

Key to the TSI’s success is that injection allows an abnormally compression ratio of 10:1 to be in conjunction with high boost pressure of up to 2.5 bar absolute. enables the relatively small to use very long gearing to exceptional fuel efficiency for a engine, particularly at motorway speeds. As an additional bonus, the TSI provides driver enjoyment, high power and torque a rev range from 1,000 to rpm.

TSI technology has received acclaim. After being in the International Engine of the Year since 2006 when it was Best New Engine, in 2009 TSI won a trio of awards: the overall of Best International Engine of the Best Green Engine and Engine in the 1.0- to 1.4-litre

1.4-litre 1390 cc TSI, 4-cyl, 160 PS

The 1.4-litre TSI unit in the Scirocco uses supercharging and to produce an impressive 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 177 lbs ft Nm) of torque from 1,500 to Linked to a six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearbox, the 1,390 cc accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in 8.0 and has a top speed of 135 mph. Combined is 42.8 mpg (44.8 DSG) CO2 emissions are 154 g/km (147

2.0-litre 1984 cc TSI, 4-cyl, 200 PS

The Volkswagen Scirocco was in the UK equipped with a 2.0-litre TSI engine linked to a choice of manual or DSG gearboxes. Developing 200 PS 5,100 to 6,000 rpm and 207 lbs ft (280 Nm) of from 1,700 to 5,000 the 1,984 cc engine allows the to achieve a 0 to 62 mph time of 7.2 seconds DSG) before reaching a top of 146 mph (145 DSG). The combined consumption figure for the vehicle is mpg with CO2 emissions of 179 g/km.

1968 cc TDI, 16-valve 140 PS

This engine – now a choice in many of Volkswagen’s car – uses common technology and Piezo injectors for efficiency in the combustion process.

The TDI engine produces 140 PS at 4,00 rpm and 236 lbs ft Nm) of torque from 1,750 to rpm; it is available with a manual or DSG gearbox. Capable of 55.4 mpg (51.4 DSG) on the cycle, the common rail has a 0 to 62 mph time of 9.3 seconds. A Diesel Filter is fitted as standard.

dioxide emissions are also low at 134 (145 DSG).

2.0-litre cc TDI, 16-valve 4-cyl, 170 PS

The 2.0-litre TDI offers an attractive for those wanting a little performance from their but with similar economy and credentials. This unit is offered with six-speed and DSG gearbox options.

Producing 170 PS at rpm and maximum torque of 258 lbs ft (350 Nm) at this engine endows the with lively and flexible Zero to 62 mph takes 8.1 seconds top speed is 138 mph (137 DSG). economy is impressive with mpg (50.4 DSG) on the combined and carbon dioxide emissions of 139 (147 DSG).

DSG – Shift Gearbox

Volkswagen’s Shift Gearbox was a true combining the comfort of an automatic with the performance and economy of a unit.

The six-speed, transversely mounted DSG has two wet clutches with hydraulic regulation. One clutch controls the gears plus reverse, the other operates the ‘even’ Essentially it is two gearboxes in one.

this new clutch management the interruptions in power that are of even an automatic-shift manual no longer occur. This is by an intelligent hydraulic and electronic gearbox control system, the two clutches and the two input and output in each half of the gearbox. The used for the friction surfaces are to those used in conventional transmissions and are designed to last the of the vehicle.

This combination the next-higher gear ratio to engaged but on standby until it is selected. In other words, if the car is driven in third gear, is selected but not yet activated. As soon as the shift point is reached, the on the third-gear side opens, the clutch closes and fourth engages under accurate supervision.

Since the opening and actions of the two clutches overlap, a gearshift results and the entire process is completed in less four-hundredths of a second. In addition to its automatic shift mode, DSG has a function to permit manual selection.

Seven-speed DSG

The launch of the TSI 160 PS unit in January 2009 the introduction to the range of a seven-speed DSG This, another world-first for uses a pair of dry clutches (as to the wet ones in the six-speed version) to fuel efficiency and performance.

The of dry, organic bonded linings do not require cooling, the drivetrain more efficient the extra gear ratio and the that less power is for the gear selection and clutch system. Measuring only 369 mm in and weighing only 79 kg including the flywheel the gearbox is remarkably

In adopting seven-speeds, Volkswagen were able to lower gear to improve acceleration a standstill. By contrast seventh has been raised to act as an overdrive making it ideal for motorway with the additional effect of economy and comfort levels.

The of oil contained within the gearbox has been reduced by 75 per cent. The oil are split into two in an effort to the lubrication’s purity. As with a manual gearbox, one of the circuits is for cooling and lubrication of the gear the second feeds oil to the gear

Since the clutch does not cooling the quantity of oil was reduced seven litres in the six-speed DSG to only 1.7-litres in the new seven-speed

All gearboxes in the Volkswagen Scirocco are with lifetime oil and need no maintenance.

Volkswagen offers a choice of servicing regime for Scirocco. They can choose Time and Distance and LongLife and the appropriate selection is entirely on how the car is likely to be driven and its general

The Time and Distance Service is for vehicles that will less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is to be used in the following way:

city centre driving, journeys with frequent starts

Activities regularly high engine loading, for frequent hill climbs, with vehicle fully and towing

Driving with rpm, heavy acceleration and braking

In this case, the will be serviced at regular at every 10,000 miles or 12 months.

The LongLife Service is for vehicles with a daily of more than 25 miles, the vehicle is driven regularly and on longer distance journeys. The should be mainly driven at a speed with minimum and engine loading, minimal and driven in an economical manner. In case, the on-board computer the driver via a dashboard display, the vehicle needs a service.

A of engine sensors electronically the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil and brake pad wear to establish a service is needed. With the system, it can be possible to drive for up to miles or 24 months without a service.

Customers can choose between and Distance or LongLife Servicing at PDI inspection) and though it is possible to from one to another during the life, it can only be done a full inspection service is

All Sciroccos sold in the UK feature as Volkswagen’s Adaptive Chassis system – or ACC – allows the driver to select normal, comfort and sport to achieve the desired suspension, and accelerator response characteristics for particular driving style. system was pioneered on the Passat CC it is standard with GT trim.

The layout of the Scirocco’s suspension was taken from the chassis of the Mk V – which in turn was over in large part to the Mk VI . This means strut-type at the front and a multi-link layout at the However the tuning of the springs, and anti-roll bars was modified to the lower seating positions and the distribution of the Scirocco.

The VW Scirocco has a low centre of gravity which some challenges. One of these is to adequate headroom for the occupants the low overall vehicle height. of the solution is the incorporation of the tailgate inside blisters in the roof, allowing the roofline to be lowered and the dynamic appearance of the Scirocco compromising practicality.

The Scirocco has a wider track than the Mk VI. In front, it measures 1,569 mm of 29 mm compared to Golf Mk VI), and at the 1,575 mm (gain of 62 mm).

To track width and reduce mass, light alloy are used in the rear. In line its sporting aspirations the Scirocco is tuned to offer the highest of stability for driving safety.

Chassis Control – ACC

have in the past been to design a suspension system is biased either towards or sportiness, always resulting in form of compromise. The ideal, it was would be to produce a chassis could continually adapt to conditions and the particular wishes of the or passengers. This has been for the VW Scirocco, which features an Chassis Control (ACC) as standard on all models.

Here not can the suspension’s damping characteristics be at the touch of a button, but the electro-mechanical steering and accelerator response are modified at the same time.

ACC via a set of four electrically adjustable Each damper is fitted characteristic map control, a gateway module that serves as an with the CAN data networks in the Scirocco – these three sensors for measuring displacement, three sensors for movements of the body structure and a module for the damping.

These constantly measure the vehicle’s – be it under braking, or cornering – and react instantaneously to assure the optimum mix of agility and comfort at all times. The defaults to ‘Normal’ mode in the system strikes a balance for use. Should the driver ‘Sport’ mode the steering is reduced, the damping is hardened and the responses are sharpened as the mapping

This is intended for either roads or track driving. In the damping is softened and the steering is increased to provide a smooth and ride best suited to driving.

Electro-mechanical power

An electro-mechanical power steering is employed on the Scirocco. Unlike systems, it is able to vary the of the steering wheel to suit the and driving situation: firm and when driving hard, at parking speeds.

Other of the system include its mild action, its ability to compensate for driving hazards, like and steep road cambers, and a effect on fuel economy, as it with the usual engine pump. Specifically for the Scirocco, a programmed map is used which stronger self-aligning torques and higher steering forces to the driver more ‘feel’.

new is the electro-mechanical steering gear: the angle sensor, utilised by the electro-mechanical steering system and has been integrated in the pinion housing for the first time. means that it no longer to be housed in the steering column module, thereby improving quality.

Braking system

The Volkswagen features a sophisticated braking with ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation standard across the range. discs are fitted at the front 312 mm) with solid discs at the (253 mm).

Electronic Programme – ESP

Essentially, ESP is a system that automatically any tendency for the car to slide. Should situation occur, ESP reacts by the brakes to one, two, or all four wheels and adjusts the power. In this way, it is that a skid is corrected before the driver is aware one has started.

This can be useful if a to understeer or oversteer develops in a In such circumstances ESP can help the car skidding or spinning off the road and is helpful in wet or icy conditions.

Hydraulic Assist – HBA

Working in with the other elements of the system, HBA recognises from the at which the brake pedal is whether it is a ‘normal’ braking or an emergency stop. In the event of an stop, HBA automatically increases pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the of braking meets the needs of the The application of brake assist it possible even for unskilled to reduce braking distances by 25 per cent.

Auto hold

All Scirocco models with a DSG feature an auto hold as standard, and this can be specified on models for a small premium. The is activated by a button next to the lever, and is used when the car for short periods (such as in town traffic). The parking now comes on automatically whenever the is brought to rest on the footbrake the car from rolling forwards or

The brake is released as soon as the is pressed. This function comes into its own when along in heavy traffic on inclines.

Factory-fit options

A of factory – and retailer-fit are available on the Volkswagen Scirocco buyers to customise further vehicles. Highlights include an tilting panoramic sunroof, upholstery, alternative alloy parking sensors, exterior deletion, a DAB digital radio and satellite navigation options.

tilt sunroof

Enhancing the spacious and airy feel is the of a panoramic sunroof. This powered and transparent roof from the A to the B pillars and can tilt up to 39 mm at the press of a button. It also a sunshade to reduce glare.

the sunroof is made of specially safety glass which transmits 8.2 per cent of the UV radiation, 2.8 of the infrared radiation (heat) and 6.9 per of the visible light.

It should be noted that the low-profile of the panoramic sunroof does not headroom; in fact the lack of a liner in the area of the glass frees up more space would normally be available.

Gas bi-Xenon headlights

Offered in with a ‘Winter pack’ includes headlight washers, windscreen washer jets, front seats and a low washer warning light), or as a standalone are ultra-efficient gas discharge (bi-Xenon) These provide a well blue-white light approximately two and a times more powerful standard lights, and come a self-levelling mechanism. This also incorporates static lighting to provide better around bends.


Also available on the Scirocco is a distance control system simplifies tight parking The system uses four sensors, integrated in the rear to pinpoint parked vehicles, or objects behind the car. activated when reverse is selected, the system produces an warning signal as well as a guide on the RCD or RNS 510 screen to guide the up to a safe distance to any objects

Not only does this to avoid car park knocks, it also prevent accidents, for if a child runs out who may not have seen.

RNS 510: touchscreen system

Volkswagen’s latest DVD navigation and entertainment system is with the VW Scirocco. Designated the RNS 510 the uses the standard touchscreen for intuitive operation of the entertainment and menus and displaying of information.

With the RNS 510, as well as CDs in the usual manner, favourite can also be stored onto the 30 GB hard-drive via an SD card slot in the of the unit. The system can also be to play DVDs when the car is The hard-drive can also be used to navigation mapping. In addition can be recorded while driving and re-traced by following guidance by the stored waypoints.

This can be useful in off-road situations and for which digital mapping not exist.

For the navigation to function, ABS wheel sensors are used to the distance the car has covered and to provide when the car is turning. Further components include a solid magnetic compass concealed the roof and a three-way roof for radio and GPS (Global Positioning The aerial receives signals the satellites in orbit from the system is able to calculate the of the car on the surface of the earth.

Dynaudio system

A 300 watt premium system from Danish specialist Dynaudio provides sound quality especially with other systems in the market sector. The eight-channel delivers up to a true 300 watts RMS generating unwanted vibrations in the structure.

Safety and security

The Scirocco bears all the same of passive safety as the Golf and It too has an extremely rigid body energy absorbing deformation all around, and restraint systems to suit its performance.

The combination of a rigid occupant cell and zones is a prerequisite for good performance. The concept applied to the is profile-intensive lightweight construction cold-worked, high-strength sheet All real tests and computer confirm that the steel designed in shell construction optimal protection even the most difficult crash

As a further safety feature, the airbags and belt tensioners are at a specific load via a central the hazard lights are activated, the are unlocked, the interior lights are on and the fuel pump is shut

Pedestrian protection

A key aim in the development of the was to achieve maximum pedestrian All relevant components at the front of the were adapted to achieve objective. Engineers paid attention to the bonnet, for example to the hinge area for pedestrian

Also contributing here is a designed foam piece behind the bumper facia, soft consistency reduces the of leg injuries.

Six airbags and optimal for children

Besides its highly body structure, the car’s front, side and curtain also make the Scirocco one of the cars in its class. As is usual at the front passenger airbag can be using the ignition key in the glovebox, a child to be transported safely in a seat. Child safety is supplemented by standard Isofix fixtures on both rear

Belt-up request

As with all new models, the Scirocco is fitted a control system which driver and front passenger to their seatbelts by means of and acoustic warnings. The ‘seatbelt system’ is activated from exceeding around 6 mph.

head restraints

Driver and seats are also fitted whiplash-optimised head restraints, move towards the head in the of a rear collision, thus the risk of neck injury. seatbelt pre-tensioners in the front that they are in the best position immediately after but before the occupants begin to forwards.

Insurance group

Thanks to its extensive security and features as well as competitive and repair costs, the Volkswagen has secured the following insurance ratings from the ABI (Association of Insurers):

Scirocco 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 14

Scirocco 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS – 12

GT 2.0-litre TSI 200 PS – 16

Scirocco GT TDI 140 PS – 12

Scirocco GT 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 14

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