2008 Essen Motor Show: Vw Scirocco by Rieger

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

A striking fresh body kit for Volkswagen's athletic Scirocco coupe, a vehicle that is proving totally famous with tuners from Europe, was revealed by Rieger, the German tuning firm. The objective of the new body kit is to put in some extra aggressiveness and flair to the already stunning Scirocco, and even throws in Lamborghini-style doors for spectacular access. The vehicle's frontage bears some apparent likeness to the Audi R8 supercar, with the front air intakes decorated with the same strakes as the German supercar.

Parts of the body kit are sold individually, and tags for each separate component ranges from €119 to €620.

It will be offered by Rieger a selection of two custom rear bumpers with air inlet openings for a price of €499, a rear bumper spoiler grill, two kinds of side skirts and a twin-exhaust rear end. A "carbon-look" version will also be available for all the items mentioned above, together with all these there will also be available an up-rated muffler made from stainless steel.

Ever since the Volkswagen Scirocco was released, it has continued to gain the love of many motoring enthusiasts, proven by the many prestigious awards it has won. For example it was awarded 'Car of the Year 2008' by Top Gear magazine. It was also named as 'Sporting Car of the Year' at the 2008 Scottish Car of the Year Awards and 'Best All Rounder' at the Sky Motoring Awards 2008.

The Scirocco was also chosen as 'Car of the Year 2008' by Loaded and 'Best Coupé' by What Diesel. Together with the Eos coupé cabriolet and the Sharan people carrier, the Scirocco is manufactured at the brand’s Autoeuropa plant located in Palmela, Portugal.

This facility is considered to be one of the most innovative automotive plants in Europe with 2 million square meters in total area and an estimated 3,000 people employed. The plant makes use of 59 Portuguese suppliers. Since 15 of these suppliers are on the same site as the facility, this ensures that the components supply system is highly-developed and efficient. Back in 2007, the Palmela facility manufactured around 93,600 units that included the SEAT Alhambra, Sharan, and Eos. Inside the facility are the innovative press shop, the body shell shop, paint shop, and clearly, final assembly line.

The Autoeuropa was founded back in 1991 after a partnership was entered between Ford and Volkswagen. It became operational in April 1995. During the construction phase, Volkswagen was in-charge of vehicle development while Ford was responsible for the factory planning and the purchasing. During this period, the collaboration was seen as Portugal’s largest foreign investment project. Starting 1999, this facility became Volkswagen AG’s wholly-owned subsidiary.

As part of its corporate philosophy, Volkswagen always made sure to have ecological considerations. It also moved to ensure that responsible handling was followed when it comes to natural resources. Volkswagen had long set different environmental objectives like effective recycling methods and lower CO2 emissions. This was implemented even prior to the European Used Car Directive and the national legislation that followed it.

Volkswagen has been in the lead in optimizing technology related to vehicle assembly. However it is also in the lead regarding new methods that help in streamlining how plastics are recycled. Currently, Volkswagen is developing a more rigorous process on how to handle more efficiently different resources like materials, energy, and water. The Autoeuropa plant is one of the facilities in Portugal to achieve the ISO 14001 environmental certification.

This same certification has helped the plant’s main suppliers get their very own environmental accreditations. When the plant was still being developed, attention was given to make sure that both soil and groundwater were protected. This is important considering that while the pipelines are mounted above ground level, it transports possible dangerous substances. Meanwhile the tanks that are placed in the soil have double-skinned walls and even leak detection devices.

When Volkswagen launched the Scirocco, it demonstrated the brand’s new era of design with a vehicle that carried its new 'face'. Inspired from the Iroc Concept, the Scirocco was first exhibited during the Paris Motor Show held in September 2006. This vehicle was designed by a group led by Head of Volkswagen Design Klaus Bischoff working with Marc Lichte, and Group Head of Design Walter de Silva acting as overseer.

On the exterior, the unique chrome-backed headlight units border both the deep front airdams and the razor-thin grille element that has a gloss black insert. It is interesting to see as well that while traditionally the Volkswagen roundel is placed in the grille, in the Scirocco it is instead located in the bonnet. On the rear portion, the haunches are now more pronounced and span all through the arches of the rear wheel and highlighted by the tapered sill line that squeezes on the middle part of the car. Furthermore, the haunches flow to the high-intensity rear light units. Its wide hatchbook boot meanwhile has the aerodynamic wing placed above it.

Since the doors of the Scirocco do not have frames, it highlights even further its sporting qualities. Though it was constructed to have a wide and low appearance, designers decided not to use the sloping roof seen from the usual coupe.

For the Scirocco, what it has is a steep hatch that has a long roof as well as a vertical tailgate. This configuration brings with it two important advantages. The first advantages relate more to design in that while its unusual proportions result in a short look, it also gives it a more purposeful appearance. The second advantage is more functional as the short overhangs and the upright rear result in the Scirocco offering considerable space in its rear for even two adults and their luggage.

Overall, this means that not only can the VW Scirocco deliver style and practicality; it can also seat four adults comfortably. The aggressive yet consistent feel of the Scirocco's exterior can also be felt in the interior. There are four sculpted sports seats that make sure the passengers inside are seated comfortably. To make sure that the occupants in the rear are safe, the headrests are non-detachable. The seats also offer a substantial amount of space for the interior.

Since they have a low position inside similar to a sports coupe, they allow 948 mm of height in the front and 924 mm height for the rear, offering enough headroom. When there is a need to increase the cargo space, the rear seats allow for a 50:50 split. Maximum space inside the Scirocco is at 755 liters. To ensure convenience, the front seats allow rear passengers easy access to its back seats. In order to help maximize the entry access, the front seat can be unlatched and thus not only tip but even slide forward.

It is simple to return them as when the front seats are put back, they immediately return to their original positions. What this means is that both the driver and the front passenger will not need to readjust their seats. As expected, the two seats in the front allow adjustment for both reach and height, which is also true for the steering wheel.

The brand though is offering as an option a driver’s seat with leather upholstery that is not just offering a 12-way electrical adjustability but even offers lumber support. The driver can also get key information especially with the displays that are easy to read and the white chrome-ringed backlit dials.

Allowing easy access to the various stereo functions is the RCD 510 system that is mounted to the dashboard. It also comes with an SD card reader, six CD autochanger, and even allows connection of external multimedia sources like MP3 player or an iPod. The RNS 510 system also has a hard disc that supports a navigation system which is important especially when one plans to upgrade the vehicle to have satellite navigation. Its hard disc enables different routes to be recorded while driving and can even be retraced.

This is possible even when there are no actual roads. The drive can even store songs which can then be played again. Other design-related features of the Scirocco include the flat-bottomed and contoured multifunction sports steering wheel and the unique triangular grab handles on its doors. Its interior is not just roomy but airy and light as well. There is the option to have the tilting panoramic sunroof that can be operated electrically in order to highlight the spaciousness of the interior.

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