A Volkswagen acaba de lançar imagens oficiais do seu carro conceito IROC, que vai estrear no 2006 Paris Motor Show em setembro. As fotos tiveram de ser lançadas hoje por causa de alguns scans que apareceram em um site espanhol.
O nome IROC é em referência ao Scirocco, um esportivo que a VW vendeu na década de 70, 80 e começo da de 90. Ele será resuscitado como este carro em 2008. A cor deste carro, Viper Green, estava disponível no Scirocco 1976.
Veja o que sabemos sobre o carro até agora:
- 36mm mais comprido e 41mm mais largo que o Golf
- 8 centímetros mais baixo do que o Golf GTI
- configuração 2+2
- motor TSI de 210 cavalos
- tração dianteira (snif….)
- rodas 19
- estará nas concessionárias no final de 2008
AutoWeek especula três motores para o carrinho, um 1.4, um turbo de 210 cavalos e um 3.6 V6 de 280 cavalos. O preço seria de cerca de US$ 26.000 pra cima.
A aparência dele é um pouco de um hatch, mas como a VW já tem dois hatches esportivos em sua linha (esportivos de verdade ok?), o GTI e o R32, ele deverá ser mais um cupê do que um hatch.
[Fonte: TCC, AutoWeek, LLN]
VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS IROC SPORTS CAR CONCEPT
Volkswagen has revealed its Iroc sports car concept at a special event in Berlin this evening. The Iroc marks the return of the Scirocco, Volkswagen’s iconic sports coupé, which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 33 years ago.
Even in colour, with its Viper Green metallic paint, the Iroc harks back to the Scirocco, where this exact shade was available in the 1976 model range. The Iroc has distinctive dimensions, with a very long roof and steeply sloping rear, which not only gives it an aggressive and sporting appearance, it also liberates space in the back for two adults plus luggage.
In size, the Iroc is slightly longer (36 mm) than the Golf, measuring 4,240 mm and
41 mm wider at 1,800 mm. Its wheelbase is over 10 cm longer than that of the Golf at 2,680 mm; however with its squat coupé-like stance, it is 79 mm shorter at 1,400 mm. The Iroc has 19″ alloy wheels.
The design of the Iroc is distinctive and eye-catching. It uses a Volkswagen ‘face’ which is not yet common to other vehicles in the range, though the honeycomb-shaped structure of the radiator grille is undoubtedly a link to the Golf GTI. Another notable feature is the lack of obvious A pillars, due to the wide windscreen which overlaps them at the front.
Inside, the Iroc has four seats, as well as a spacious boot of 300 litres, which can be increased if the rear seats are folded down. Despite this practicality, the Iroc has been clearly designed inside as a sports car, with features such as front bucket seats and integrated five-point seat belts with central buckle.
Most distinctive, however, are the gauges and controls in the Iroc’s cabin. Two large and newly-designed round instruments form the visual centre of the cockpit. The driver looks into two cylinders with twelve illuminated bars which create a three dimensional segmentation within the instruments.
Under the bonnet, the Iroc features Volkswagen’s ground-breaking TSI petrol technology, which uses a turbocharger and a supercharger to produce diesel-like consumption with impressive performance. Designed to maximise driving fun, the concept has a 210 bhp TSI engine, but a range of TSIs, starting from under 150 bhp, are also feasible.
The Iroc combines practicality with driving fun and expressive design in a car that as a possible series-production vehicle would be attractively positioned in price.
The Scirocco was a huge success for Volkswagen, with over half a million examples of the Giugiaro-designed first generation produced. It was launched in the UK in 1974, with the second generation following in 1981. When sales stopped in 1993, 77,460 Sciroccos had been sold in the UK.