Rumors have emerged suggesting Volkswagen is set to revive the iconic Scirocco badge, bringing back the two-door, four-seat coupé as a fast, fun yet practical electric car.
According to the report Motor vehicle, a ‘high-ranking’ Volkswagen insider revealed that the revival of the hatchback giant, which dates back to the 1970s, is part of an ongoing debate that also involves Audi, Porsche and Seat/Cupra; all brands that live under the umbrella of the Volkswagen Group.
Autocar reports that talks have suggested adapting the upcoming PPE platform, which has been developed for the new and electrified Porsche Boxster and Cayman models, to help bring to life the fourth-generation electric Audi TT, the production version of Cupra DarkRebel Concept and the electric Scirocco.
As a reminder, the Scirocco attracted customers thanks to its angular silhouette designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and the arrival of the hot GTI model in 1976.
It went on to spawn three generations and three different body styles, with the Type 2 now a design icon from the 80s era of razor-sharp perfection (a style recently hinted at by Hyundai in its N Vision 74 model), while the third generation the future. – based on the Golf platform – won praise for its fun drive and everyday performance.
It can’t quite compete with the Golf’s hero status but for many, it’s the best looking and most desirable car.
Although VW’s decision to bring back the Scirocco badge is still in the rumor stage, it is expected to have a longer wheelbase than the two-seater sports cars fitted to the project, retaining its rear seats and normal cargo space.
There are also plenty of powertrain options on the table, from all-wheel drive/rear-wheel drive configurations, to full dual-fuel variants that could wear Volkswagen’s venerable R badge – one reserved for its performance cars more powerful.
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Volkswagen hasn’t officially confirmed the Scirocco concept, but it feels like the kind of exciting announcement the company needs to bring customers into showrooms and introduce them to its wide range of electric vehicle credentials.
While absolutely beautiful, many of the ID models lack the attractive and forward-thinking design of many similarly priced electric vehicles on the market today. Unfortunately, they’re not very exciting, while VW is busy fixing many of the issues that owners and reviewers raised with the first generation of its unfriendly infotainment system and overall interior user experience.
The injection of a new Chairman in Oliver Blume, along with the appointment of designer Andreas Mindt (formerly of Bentley and Audi fame), signals that Volkswagen is ready to shake things up and bring excitement back into its range. The new electric Scirocco could be the kind of headline-grabbing platform it needs.