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Scirocco
1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S
Volkswagen
Volkswagen logo
5,000 CR
Model year: 1981
Performance Index: F 102
Drive Type: FWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
SPEED
3.0
HANDLING
3.4
ACCELERATION
3.8
LAUNCH
4.2
BRAKING
3.3
Advanced Performance
Power: 74 HP (55 kW)
Torque: 89 lb ft (120 N·m)
Weight: 2015 lbs (913 Kg)
Front: 63%
Displ: 1.7 L
Power/weight: 80 HP per ton

60 kW per ton

Like other Volkswagen models of its era, the Scirocco dervies its name from the wind; in this case, the Mediterranean Sirocco wind, which originates in the Sahara and can reach hurricane speeds in southern Europe. While the stock 1.7 liter 74-horsepower engine that powers the ’81 Scirocco S might not register on the Beaufort scale (the car tops out at a modest 111 mph), the Scirocco S proved to be a worthy replacement for its sports coupe predecessor the Karmann Ghia. The distinctive red VW badge and belt-line moulding set the Scirocco S from its standard model counterpart, along with a five-speed transmission, a front spoiler, and light alloy wheels. Visually and performance wise, it’s easy to see why VW customers at the time considered the Scirocco S a breath of fresh air.

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