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VW Iroc Concept


Volkswagen debuted its Scirocco coupe at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, and went on to build more than half a million of the first generation model. Now, 33 years later, it is showing a modern interpretation of the classic Scirocco, the Iroc concept.

Like the first Scirocco, with its visual straight-forwardness, the Iroc also marks a stylistic turning point through its progressively designed radiator grill and distinctive sensuality of forms.

The concept of both Volkswagens is closely related, even though the vehicles are separated by over three decades. The first generation Scirocco was an attainable dream car for many people because it was an automotive superstar of the 1970s, styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro and equipped with four full-fledged seats, a proper trunk, large hatchback and a lot of self-esteem. The Iroc concept takes up this fascinating idea again.

However, in contrast to the original Scirocco, the Iroc is no classic coupé, but a progressively designed sports car with an extremely long roof and a comparatively steep rear end.

This has two advantages. Firstly, the Iroc features sharp proportions., especially when viewed from behind as it becomes immediately apparent that the long roof, together with the side window sections, is situated on very broad and powerful shoulders. The Iroc thus achieves a waist of flawless sports car theory.

Secondly, the Iroc also has room in back for two adults and ample luggage. On balance, the provocatively designed Iroc combines a high degree of suitability for daily use, pure driving fun and expressive design into a Volkswagen that as a possible series-production vehicle will also be very attractively positioned in terms of price.

The Iroc concept exhibits numerous subtleties in detail. For the paint, although anything but retro styled, the shade used is a homage to the first generation Scirocco which featured this exact shade of green, starting with the 1976 model, though now it’s called “viper green metallic”. This glaring green of the Iroc is effective in combination with the high contrast black shades of the concept.

For the carbon detail, the central roof element is composed of dark tinted glass and is supported by a structure covered with carbon. An integrated lengthwise support is also a part of these materials. The side sills of the Iroc also have a carbon surface. The structure of the sill visible from outside continues seamlessly into the interior.

With its short overhangs, the Iroc efficiently utilises a wheelbase of 2680mm for the space provided inside. The concept is 1400mm high, 4240mm long and 1800mm wide. The light-alloy rims are specially designed for the Iroc and 235 tires are implemented in 19-inch size.

The Iroc is powered by a TSI engine, referred to in-house as a Twincharger. Shifting tasks are handled by the DSG direct shift gearbox. The twin charger was first employed in the Golf GT in 2006, TSI engines are currently the most efficient four-cylinder gasoline engines in the world. The combination of compressor and turbocharger shows the path to the future. The compressor compensates for the typical powering up weaknesses of turbo-only gasoline engines at low rpms. The turbocharger, in contrast, packs a mighty punch at higher revs.

The combination of both superchargers in large-volume production engines is the only one of its kind in the world. The TSI version used in the concept achieves 155 kW/210bhp. In principle, a large range of supercharged engines are conceivable for the Iroc that could start significantly under 110 kW/150bhp.

The sports car grill specially designed for the Iroc concept is made of light, brushed aluminium in the outer areas. The honeycombed-shaped structure of the radiator grill has been a signature of the sporty Volkswagen since the debut of the current Golf GTI. Designed as a hexagonal air intake, the grill goes all the way down to the dark front apron. To the right and left of it there are two more air intakes for cooling the brakes. While the upper transverse web of the radiator grill is flush with the engine hood, the short side sections of the frame directly abut the xenon headlights. It is apparent here that the image of the radiator grill hexagon almost inevitably results from the connection of the headlights. The headlight casing itself is comparatively narrow and drawn up to the fenders in the modulation

Bucket seats with 5-point belt underscore Nürburgring-Nordschleifen talents of the concept. The Iroc is a four-seater. Behind the wide open (and attached just as wide in the roof) hatchback, a spacious trunk with over 300l of storage volume. This corresponds to the original Scirocco. The trunk capacity can also be greatly expanded by folding down the back seats. The resulting flat loading surface and the folded down seat backs feature guide rails onto which a multi-functional transportation lock system can be integrated. 

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