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Volkswagen Sciroccos, Old And New, Go Head To Head: Video 30
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Forbidden Fruit, Kurt, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scirocco on 08 30th, 2012

Automobile magazine’s Jason Cammisa, with Sciroccos old and new

If you’re of a certain age, owning a Volkswagen Scirocco was almost a rite of passage into the world of (relatively) fast and nimble front-drivers. From 1976 through 1988, the Scirocco was generally the most entertaining car that Volkswagen sold, and the impressive handling of later versions made them extremely competitive in club racing and autocross.

The Scirocco was replaced by the Corrado in 1992, and that particular car never lived up to the promise of its ancestors. In 2008, Volkswagen launched an all-new Scirocco coupe, but sadly the car was not intended for U.S. consumption. It was too close in design to the GTI, said VW executives, and therefore wouldn’t sell in quantities necessary to make it profitable.

The new Scirocco that’s sold in much of the world comes with a variety of engines, ranging from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for just 120 horsepower all the way up to a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 261 horsepower. There are diesel versions, too, which makes the Scirocco as frugal as it is fun to drive.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, we get to witness an interesting throw-down between a 1987 VW Scirocco, upgraded to a 2.0-liter four making 175 horsepower, and a 2012 VW Scirocco equipped with a 1.4-liter twincharged four rated at 160 horsepower. Thanks to mandated safety features, the new car is some 600 pounds heavier than the previous version, but does that mean it’s any slower?

We won’t spoil the outcome, but if you’ve previously owned a Scirocco, you’ll enjoy this video. As for us, we’re fighting the urge to start shopping for a late 1980s Scirocco on Craigslist.



Volkswagen Sciroccos, Old And New, Go Head To Head: Video 30
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Forbidden Fruit, Kurt, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scirocco on 08 30th, 2012

Automobile magazine’s Jason Cammisa, with Sciroccos old and new

If you’re of a certain age, owning a Volkswagen Scirocco was almost a rite of passage into the world of (relatively) fast and nimble front-drivers. From 1976 through 1988, the Scirocco was generally the most entertaining car that Volkswagen sold, and the impressive handling of later versions made them extremely competitive in club racing and autocross.

The Scirocco was replaced by the Corrado in 1992, and that particular car never lived up to the promise of its ancestors. In 2008, Volkswagen launched an all-new Scirocco coupe, but sadly the car was not intended for U.S. consumption. It was too close in design to the GTI, said VW executives, and therefore wouldn’t sell in quantities necessary to make it profitable.

The new Scirocco that’s sold in much of the world comes with a variety of engines, ranging from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for just 120 horsepower all the way up to a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 261 horsepower. There are diesel versions, too, which makes the Scirocco as frugal as it is fun to drive.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, we get to witness an interesting throw-down between a 1987 VW Scirocco, upgraded to a 2.0-liter four making 175 horsepower, and a 2012 VW Scirocco equipped with a 1.4-liter twincharged four rated at 160 horsepower. Thanks to mandated safety features, the new car is some 600 pounds heavier than the previous version, but does that mean it’s any slower?

We won’t spoil the outcome, but if you’ve previously owned a Scirocco, you’ll enjoy this video. As for us, we’re fighting the urge to start shopping for a late 1980s Scirocco on Craigslist.



Volkswagen Sciroccos, Old And New, Go Head To Head: Video 30
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Forbidden Fruit, Kurt, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scirocco on 08 30th, 2012

Automobile magazine’s Jason Cammisa, with Sciroccos old and new

If you’re of a certain age, owning a Volkswagen Scirocco was almost a rite of passage into the world of (relatively) fast and nimble front-drivers. From 1976 through 1988, the Scirocco was generally the most entertaining car that Volkswagen sold, and the impressive handling of later versions made them extremely competitive in club racing and autocross.

The Scirocco was replaced by the Corrado in 1992, and that particular car never lived up to the promise of its ancestors. In 2008, Volkswagen launched an all-new Scirocco coupe, but sadly the car was not intended for U.S. consumption. It was too close in design to the GTI, said VW executives, and therefore wouldn’t sell in quantities necessary to make it profitable.

The new Scirocco that’s sold in much of the world comes with a variety of engines, ranging from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for just 120 horsepower all the way up to a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 261 horsepower. There are diesel versions, too, which makes the Scirocco as frugal as it is fun to drive.

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, we get to witness an interesting throw-down between a 1987 VW Scirocco, upgraded to a 2.0-liter four making 175 horsepower, and a 2012 VW Scirocco equipped with a 1.4-liter twincharged four rated at 160 horsepower. Thanks to mandated safety features, the new car is some 600 pounds heavier than the previous version, but does that mean it’s any slower?

We won’t spoil the outcome, but if you’ve previously owned a Scirocco, you’ll enjoy this video. As for us, we’re fighting the urge to start shopping for a late 1980s Scirocco on Craigslist.



BMW Teases Its ‘Forbidden Fruit’ M135i: Video 14
May
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, BMW, BMW M135i, Forbidden Fruit, Kurt, video, Videos on 05 14th, 2012

We’ll admit to having a bad infatuation with the new BMW M135i. We like it’s lines far better than the 1 Series M coupe’s, and it’s hatchback practicality appeals to us, too. It’s “off-limits” nature, at least in the United States, only makes it that much more alluring, since it’s human nature to want what you can’t have.

The M Performance hatchbacks will come to market with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine, good for 320 horsepower in European trim. Specific details on suspension tuning are lacking, although we wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the M Performance cars were just a bit softer than the actual BMW M cars. In other words, we’d expect a 1 Series M to spank the M135i around a racetrack, but the M135i would probably be more comfortable getting there and back.

BMW promises that U.S. customers will get an M Performance 1 Series of our own, but we’d be shocked if it were anything other than a coupe. German automakers still mistakenly believe that “Americans don’t want hatchbacks,” which falls into the same line of reason as “Americans don’t buy diesels.” Build us a solid hatchback, with a stiff body structure, and we’ll buy them by the thousands. Build a quiet and trouble-free diesel engine, and price it reasonably, and we’ll snap that up, too.

Don’t take our word for it – just look at Volkswagen’s sales of hatchbacks and diesels.







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