Volkswagen Iroco Concept Car

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Volkswagen’s Iroc sports car concept, newly revealed in Berlin, harks back to the Scirocco, which was itself introduced back in 1973. Like the Scirocco, the Iroc is a low-slung coupe based on the Golf hatchback, and it even shares the same Viper Green metallic colour scheme which was briefly available on the older car.
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Volkswagen Iroco 01.

The Iroc is fractionally larger than the Golf in most dimensions though its roofline is 79mm lower. The honeycomb-like structure of the radiator grille is an obvious reference to the current Golf GTI, but in other respects the Iroc seems to have little resemblance to other VWs.

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However, Volkswagen refers to the concept as having a “‘face’ which is not yet common to other vehicles in the range”, which suggests that it is a sign of things to come.

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Volkswagen Iroco 02 – Interior.

Inside, there are four seats and a luggage capacity of 300 litres, with more available when the rear seats are folded. This all sounds very practical, but there are sporty connotations here too; the front seats, for example, are in the classic motorsport “bucket” style, and they are fitted with integrated five-point harnesses with a central buckle.

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The Iroc’s engine uses Volkswagen’s recently-launched TSI super/turbocharged engine technology, as found in the new Golf GT (see road test). The GT uses a 1.4-litre unit producing 170bhp, but Volkswagen says the Iroc pumps out 210bhp, and also points out that lower-spec TSIs with “under 150bhp” might also be used.

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Volkswagen Iroco 03 – Rear.

There is no talk of production just yet. On the other hand, Volkswagen has made some teasing comments, referring to the Iroc as “a possible series-production vehicle” which would be “attractively positioned in price”.

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Scribbled on July 12th 2007 in Volkswagen, VW Iroco
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