Welcome to Scirocco Central

In the early 1970's Volkswagen started to work on the replacement for the aging Karmann Ghia, its classic coupe based on the original Beetle mechanicals. And so the MkI Scirocco was born. Sitting on the platform of the Golf/Jetta, all of the necessary parts were uprated for a sportier drive and the Giugiaro designed car became an instant classic, selling over 500,000 worldwide.

In 1982 Volkwagen released the MkII version. Heavily re-designed and sporting an interesting arrangement of the rear spoiler half way up the rear hatch glass it was produced with engines ranging from 74-139bhp. It sold for 10 years in Europe and was effectively replaced by the Corrado but the Scirocco name was discontinued.

In 2006 though, Volkswagen unveiled the IROC concept car at the Paris Motorshow and caused great interest that the iconic Scirocco was about to make a comeback. Indeed it was and in 2008 production started up on the MkIII Volkswagen Scirocco. Based on the Golf V platform it was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Show to great acclaim and went on sale in the summer of that year in Europe. 2009 saw the arrival of the high performance R version.

Engines range from a petrol 122bhp 1.4 to the 208bhp 2.0 TSI (265bhp in the R) and 140 and 170bhp diesels. The power is delivered through the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or 6-/7-speed DSG gearboxes.

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This is where our site Scirocco Central comes in. We started in July 2008, just before the first deliveries in September, with the intent of being the focal point of the MkIII community, as none already existed. Since opening we have established the largest MkIII owners community on the internet with over 10,000 members to date. We have a thriving discussion forum with sections for:

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