Production of the Volkswagen Scirocco – essentially a Golf Coupe – has ended as VW rationalise their range and concentrate on SUVs and ‘Green’ cars.
From the arrival of the Scirocco back in 1974 as a more stylish take on the Golf (especially the Scirocco Storm), to the Scirocco R which arrived when VW brought back the Scirocco in 2008 after a 15 year gap, it’s always been a car which seemed to have more soul than most VWs.
But the writing has been on the wall for the Scirocco some time, despite a facelift in 2014.
That facelift did nothing to bring the Scirocco up to date – save for a few cosmetic tweaks – and it’s trundled on almost unchanged since it arrived in 2008, still built on the same Mk V Golf platform.
But the lack of love for coupes, VW’s big ball drop with #dieselgate and the world falling in love with SUvs has all conspired to make the Scirocco a car VW feel they can no longer afford to build. So it’s dead.
Apparently there are still some Sciroccos in stock in the UK, but they’re few and far between, and when they’re gone that’s it for VW’s appealing coupe.
Still, we’re sure the name will make a return at some point. Sadly, instead of being attached to a stylish coupe with up to 300bhp, it’s likely to be an urban EV or compact SUV.
The world moves on.