Volkswagen SCIROCCO GT

Volkswagen Scirocco GT

Volkswagen introduced the Scirocco in 1973 as a replacement for the Beetle-based Karmann-Ghia and paved the way for the Golf 1.
In 1977, the German carmaker was already successful, and the Scirocco was doing well on the market. Its sales were not as high as on its hatchback sibling, the Golf, but they were good for the segment. They shared the same platform. In 1977, as part of its improvement program, Volkswagen introduced a facelift for the sporty compact coupe.

At the front, the carmaker kept the same four round headlamps and the black grille. For the 1977 model, the Scirocco sported corner-mounted, larger turn signals. Thus, Volkswagen removed the side-mounted additional lamps since the car did not need them anymore. Also, the bumper received a new design, without metallic parts exposed as on the 1973 model. Behind it, the apron was extended on the lower side, and, for the GTI version, it received small scoops on its outer side.

Inside, Volkswagen kept the same interior but with wood veneers on the dashboard. Depending on the trim level, it featured a stereo positioned next to the dials, towards the center of the car. Leather upholstery was offered as an option, with bolstered seats at the front.

Under the hood, the carmaker replaced the base 1.1-liter engine with a 1.5-liter unit that provided more power. The fuel-injected GTI model (also known as GLI on specific markets) was the one to get. With its 110 hp, it was a little pocket rocket for those times.

Engine Technical Data


Engine type – Number of cylinders : – 4
Fuel type : Petrol
Fuel System : Inj. Mec.
Engine Alignment : Transverse
Engine size – Displacement – Engine capacity : 1781 cm3 or 108.7 cu-in
Bore x Stroke : 81 x 86.4 mm 3.19 x 3.39 inches
Number of valves : 8 Valves
Aspiration : N/A
Compression Ratio : 10.0
Maximum power – Output – Horsepower : 112 PS or 110 bhp or 82 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum torque : 155 Nm or 114 lb.ft @ 3100 rpm
Drive wheels – Traction – Drivetrain : FWD
Num. of Doors : 3
Wheelbase : 240 cm or 94.49 inches
Length : 405 cm or 159.45 inches
Width : 162.5 cm or 63.98 inches
Height : 128 cm or 50.39 inches
Front Brakes – Disc dimensions : Vented Discs (- mm)
Rear Brakes – Dics dimensions : Drums (- mm)
Front Tyres – Rims dimensions : 175/70 R13
Rear Tyres – Rims dimensions : 175/70 R13
Curb Weight : 895 kg OR 1973 lbs
Weight-Power Output Ratio : 8 kg/hp
Fuel Consumption – Economy – Open road: 5.5 L/100km 51 mpg UK / 43 mpg US
Fuel Consumption – Economy – Highway: 7.3 L/100km 39 mpg UK / 32 mpg US
Fuel Consumption – Economy – City: 10.6 L/100km 27 mpg UK / 22 mpg US
Fuel Tank Capacity : 45 L 9.9 UK gallons 11.9 US gallons
Top Speed : 190 km/h or 118 Mph