Volkswagen has quietly ceased production of the slow-selling Scirocco.
Originally unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, the Scirocco was a stylish three-door hatchback which never made it to North America in this generation.
While widely praised, the model faded in popularity over the years as Carsalesbase notes European sales peaked in 2009 at 45,248 units. Despite a facelift a few years ago, sales never rebounded and the company moved just 10,752 units in Europe last year.
Besides being one of the better looking Volkswagens on the market, the Scirocco offered an assortment of powerful engines including a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 220 PS (162 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The company even offered a Scirocco R with 280 PS (206 kW) which enabled the model to rocket from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in as little as 5.5 seconds.
While it’s sad to see the Scirocco go, rumors have suggested Volkswagen could develop a new model based on the company’s MEB platform. If that were to happen, the model would be reborn as an electric vehicle and reportedly have a range of between 200-375 miles (322-603 km). The report went on to suggest the entry-level model would have around 170 hp (126 kW) while the Scirocco R would offer about 300 hp (223 kW).
H/T to Car & Driver