By on March 31, 2008

vw_golf_vi_s_ttac_01_01_01.jpgVW, arguably the inventor of the hot hatch (with the 1977 Golf GTI), recently released their coolest representative of the segment: the new Scirocco. I know they're marketing it as a coupe, but really, does it feel like one? Does it seem connected to the original Scirocco by anything more than name? Is it as sleek as the Corrado? I think this new car could be considered the very definition of a hot hatch, but nothing more. This makes me wonder if there's still room for the next Golf GTI (the Mk VI) in the Veedub range? Cannibalism was never seemed like something VAG worried about. Their model line-up development principle seems to be "more fishing rods into the pond equal more fish." But, they can't just rebadge a Scirocco and make it the next 3-door Golf/Rabbit GTI, can they? The spy photographs made available so far show a boxier design, with large windows and an obvious improvement of the interior space. Considering all the things mentioned above I've rendered what could be the next GTI: an uglified Scirocco with better visibility, better head room and more trunk space. If you were a fish in the hot hatch consumer pond, which lure would you find more attractive?

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10 Comments on “TTAC Photochop: VW GTI Mk VI...”

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    Looks like the last generation Renault Clio.

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    VW should sell the Golf and the Scirocco in the US. Call the Golf the Rabbit if you want, and rebadge the Scirocco as GTI if you want. I don’t care what the names are, but the current GTI is ugly. Rabbit buyers don’t care about style. The Scirocco is pretty cool and should come over the pond.

    i heart my current GTI, and it’s had no problems in 89,000 miles (knock on wood), but the paranoia that comes with VW ownership means it’ll take a LOT to get me in another one. The next one better look DAMN good (like the scirocco), or i’ll just buy another legacy GT and call it good.

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    “sleek as the Corrado?”

    Ha! Good one!

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    bring us the scirocco as is…but call it the GTI. the GTI name has enough cache behind it that it can stand on it own. No one remembers the Scirocco.

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    Bring the Scirocco, but cut the price. The Corrados and Scirrocos of yore were good cars, but over priced.

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    Kind of challenged looking car this one. And like Katie mentioned, first thing that comes to mind is Renault Clio with a touch of new Twingo (rear).

    VW made a big mistake with the Scirocco. They aim to redesign the Golf/Rabbit later this year to make it more visually attractive but now they have come up with the Scirocco that has such sedate styling that it leaves no room at all for a sporty looking Golf/, since it IS a more sporty looking Golf/Rabbit. So now what can they do with the Golf…

    If they make the Golf more attractive, the Scirocco will become redundant, especially since it’s sold at a premium price over the Golf. If they don’t make the Golf more attractive they will still endure the problems they are having now with it (lacking sales).

    They could sell only the 5-door model, but then again, a lot more people buy 3-door Golfs than Sciroccos, so they would loose sales.

    Then to further add to the problem in Europe there are the Golf Plus (higher-up version and slightly differently styled 5-door Golf), Touran (midi-MPV), the CrossGolf (Golf-plus that poses like a mini-SUV), the CrossTouran (Touran that poses as a mini-SUV) and since recently the Tiguan (Mini-SUV, same as US version)…

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    Then to further add to the problem in Europe…

    Let’s not forget the SEAT Leon (better-looking three-door/five-door hatches, designed by Walter de Silva, ex of Alfa Romeo), Altea (funkier-looking Touran), and Toledo (extended-boot version of Altea, with a tail apparently styled by Citroen), the Skoda Octavia (a cheaper, softer-riding Jetta that looks a lot like the previous-generation Volvo S40), and the Audi A3. All of these share the current Golf’s platform and most of its engine range.

    The Audi has the advantage of badge snobbery to help carry its significantly higher price, but the others are a trickier proposition. A Leon doesn’t carry quite the same residuals as a Golf (the VW name is worth more there than here), but it’s vastly more attractive, with similar pricing.

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    The Golf GTI is middle aged and whatever VW do to tart it up it’s looking ‘like mutton dressed as lamb’ rather than it’s earlier ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’.
    Like many middle aged people (myself included) the GTI is unlikely to ever be as lithe and desirable as it once was.
    Just to use one more farmyard metaphor…
    VW – stop flogging a dead horse!

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    driving course — You’ve apparently never driven a Mk.V GTI. I have one, and there’s nothing “dead horse” or “middle aged” about it. It’s like my old ’85 CRX, but with a back seat and 100 more horsepower.

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    And about 1000lbs more weight than that CRX. Seriously how did they make this car so fat?

    I won’t argue about the drive though, it is a fun car. Can’t help but wonder how it could have been had they put it on a diet though.

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