The shape of the first generation Scirocco (a 1978 Volkswagen Scirocco, pictured top) came from the pen of noted automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1974, and was stylish enough to sell over half a million examples by 1981. The Scirocco’s underpinnings were borrowed from the more pedestrian Golf models — not unlike the the earlier Karmann Ghia which placed Italian bodywork atop Beetle running gear. Engine offerings were modest in both size and power, ranging from the 1.1-liter 50 horsepower model to the 110 horsepower GTI edition.
By the begining of 1982, a revised second-generation car had arrived, featuring a muscluar workover by Volkswagen’s in-house Wolfsburg Design Center. More than 10 engine variations were avaliable worldwide, including a range-topping 16-valve, 139 horsepower 1.8-liter motor that was good for 0 to 60 mph sprints in under eight seconds.
Source: Motor Trend