Video of the Day: Head 2 Head Episode 15: Old vs. New Scirocco

By Trevor Dorchies | August 30, 2012
You always want what you can’t have, and for Volkswagen fans, the new Volkswagen Scirocco is no exception. A little background: The original Scirocco started production as a sporty version of the Golf, way back in 1974. The last model year you can find in America is the 1988 version; worldwide production was later halted in 1992. Fast forward to 2008, and a new sporty version of the Golf debuted as the Scirocco, 8 inches longer, 6.5 inches wider, and 4 inches taller than its 1992 predecessor. However, Volkswagen has repeatedly refused to import the new Scirocco to the U.S., requiring Americans who want a Scirocco will have to leave the country to get one.
As for that predecessor, Automobile Magazine’s Jason Cammisa actually owns one, and decided to lug it across the pond to Germany. Why you ask? Well, how are we supposed to see the old one drag race against the new one? That’s right, Cammisa takes his "old heap" Scirocco and lines up against a 2012 version of his car. There’s a catch though: Cammisa swapped out the original 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine--originally rated at 123 horsepower--for a more robust 2.0-liter version that produces 175 horsepower. This levels the playing field, as the 2012 version holds the reigns to 160 hp, and weighs 700 pounds more. There’s only one way to settle which model is better and that’s with a good ol’ fashion drag race down a German runway, of course. So, which is the better Scirocco: Cammisa’s 1987 version or the shiny, new 2012 variant? We’d tell you, but we don’t want to ruin the race so do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself below. If you want to see more, never fear, Head 2 Head appears on Motor Trend’s YouTube channel every Wednesday. What say you? Do you want to see some vehicles compared with one another? Then make a suggestion in the comment section below. Source: YouTube