VW is breathing new life into Scirocco as a stylish EV sports car with Boxster features

Volkswagen appears to be launching a sleek electric sports car based on the iconic Scirocco coupe. The VW Scirocco EV sports car is all set to adopt a unique platform designed for the upcoming electric Porsche Boxster.

The first VW Scirocco was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1974. Designed by Giorgio Giugiaro, known for his work on the first Golf, the 2+2-seater was the first VW-badged coupe with FWD.

Volkswagen claims that thanks to FWD the Scirocco blower will pave a path for an affordable, economical sports car.

The top GTI version, introduced in 1976, had 108 hp (81 kW) and a larger front spoiler. A GLi version offered a luxurious take on the sporty coupe. Until 1981, more than 500,000 models were sold worldwide.

In 1981, the Scirocco II began its rollout. It was based on the Golf 1 platform, increasing the car’s length and providing more interior space with softer overall design lines.

More than 795,000 models were sold in 18 years, with production ending in September 1992. VW pulled the plug when the Scirocco competed with the better-selling Golf. However, in 2008, VW launched the third-generation model with major upgrades and more power in an update in mid-2014.

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Volkswagen Scirocco (Source: VW)

VW Scirocco makes a comeback as a sporty EV coupe

It looks like the Scirocco is going to make another comeback, this time as a fully electric sports car. The VW Scirocco EV is part of a quadruple electric sports car project that includes the Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Audi TT and Cupra Dark Rebel, a “highly placed insider” said. Coach.

The new electric sports car will sit above VW’s next-generation ID.3, which is ready to wear the iconic Golf badge.

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Second generation Volkswagen ID.3 (Source: VW)

VW Chief Tech Officer Kai Grunitz said the upcoming electric Golf will be on the new SSP platform. Meanwhile, a modified version of the PPE platform designed for the electric Porsche Boxster will underpin the VW Scirocco EV.

Full details have yet to be announced, but the report notes that VW will likely offer several powertrain and trim options, including single-motor rear-wheel drive and a twin-motor AWD.

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The new Porsche Taycan 2025 (Source: Porsche)

Like the J1 that powers the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-tron GT, the platform will offer a low sporty silhouette.

Rumors suggest that VW designed the battery in the center tunnel, behind the cabin, in a Boxster-like layout.

Porsche debuted the idea with its e-core layout in the Mission X concept. The layout “enables a low seating position optimized for the driver,” according to Porsche. It also helps center the weight of the vehicle for better maneuverability – an important element for sports cars.

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Porsche Mission

The platform was designed for the convertible design of the Porsche Boxster and is said to offer ‘extreme stiffness’, prompting Audi to develop an electric TT.

While nothing is set in stone, the base VW Scirocco EV is expected to have around 300 hp, while the AWD version will have well over 400 hp. The twin-motor version could serve as the successor to the Scirocco R that was sold until 2017.

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Volkswagen ID.3 (left) and ID.4 (right)

The first designs were developed early last year when Adreas Mindt took over the position of chief designer. Mindt, a former Bentley designer, first named Scirocco after unveiling plans for VW’s next generation of models.

Mindt claims that the “Scirocco was one of the first cars to use a sharp and low line to visually enhance the car.” The design trick results in more power and sporty style. “That’s the secret sauce that makes a car desirable, a stylish car that everyone wants to drive,” Mindt explains.

According to the source, the VW Scirocco EV is likely to be launched in 2028. We are still waiting for the green light from CEO Thomas Shafer of the VW brand.

What do you think? Would you buy a sporty electric Volkswagen Scirocco? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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