Long before its 2008 reinvention, the Volkswagen Scirocco was arguably VW's first proper hot hatch.
That's right, youngsters of the world, the Volkswagen Scirocco existed way before the end of the 2000s. 30-odd years before, actually. It first appeared in 1974 after VW's range of cars was getting slightly long in the tooth.
In the late 60s, VW and Audi joined forces, which allowed them to share technology and, around about the same time, VW boss, Ferdinand Piëch was looking to replace the ageing Karmann Ghia – that sublime sporty version of the Beetle.
Piëch was also buddies with famous car designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and that set the wheels in motion for the development of the Scirocco.
The Scirocco may have been discontinued, again, for now, but word on the grapevine is it may make another comeback as an electric coupe which, in my humble opinion, would be the perfect evolution into the future for an absolute gem of a car with so much history behind it.
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