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Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

by Chris on October 22, 2008


By any measure, the were a watershed decade. the political (Ronald Reagan’s the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the Square demonstrations) to the cultural Gekko, the rise of hair Michael J. Fox’s astonishing as matinee idol) to the delightfully ( Miami Vice . jelly astonishgly hairsprayed bangs, Van shifting lineup, Alf ), the 1980s left an indelible mark on the in which we live. A weird to be sure, but an indelible one.

So, of all the events of the 1980s, of all the impactful of that wild decade, was the most significant of them Well, that’s easy—the introduction of the 16-valve four-cylinder

Okay, so maybe that’s a over the top—16-valve engines more important than But if you’ll bear with me, explain why I feel this Don’t worry, I’ll try not to get too

The key is this—most engines made in the and before had two valves per cylinder, one to in air and fuel, and another to exhaust the air and fuel. Because the optimal of the spark plug in the cylinder is in the a two-valve setup results in two big that squeeze in on either of the spark plug and a lot of wasted With four smaller instead of two, two each for and exhaust, the total area of the can be increased while keeping the themselves small. The benefits are power, better efficiency, and that rev more eagerly.

Okay, enough theory. and during the 1980s, most engines were fortunate to 100 horsepower—they were also ill-tempered, buzzy, and gutless. four-cylinders were lackluster of metal, automotive hair that saved gas at the expense of irritation.

Today’s four-cylinder power virtually every of vehicle—economy cars, family sports cars, and even Today’s high-performance four-cylinders are fide horsepower superstars, but run-of-the mill family car generate more horsepower V-8s did in the 1980s, all while dramatically less gas.

The between then and now? engines certainly benefit computerized engine management and turbos help out on some but the common foundation is the 16-valve The idea isn’t new—the tweaked Chevrolet Cosworth is just one high-profile example of a engine made before the when the decade began technology was still considered By the late 1980s, 16-valve were at the leading edge of decade’s performance boom. By the 16-valve engines were and today the majority of engines, cylinder or otherwise, sport heads.

Volkswagen was among the earliest to these controlled substances in to a rabidly eager enthusiast Thanks to its original 8-valve GTI and Volkswagen already had a small but performance following in the 1980s. the excellence of even those cars, the potential addition of an high-revving, high-horsepower 16-valve inspired manic anticipation. The GTI 16V was a piece and re-established the GTI at the top of the hot hatch order, but the really remarkable came on behalf of the Scirocco.

The second-generation Scirocco was already a sports coupe—a slicker, substantial, more rounded of its sharply-creased origami progenitor. with a powerhouse 16V engine, BBS wheels, and high-class interior, the Scirocco morphed into a automotive action hero—an and powerful grand tourer and accordingly.

Even today, the 16V impresses. The power level is no as revolutionary as it once was, but the level is still modern. of 123 horsepower and 8-second runs 0-60 don’t sound amazing today but were for the time—the Scirocco 16V was as quick as a 944. More importantly, the 16V feels and sounds great, a nice snarl as it shoves the car The exterior detailing might be a bit but in contrast with today’s of overdone and dull. the Scirocco’s smoothed wedge shape is lovely in both profile and

Unfortunately, the Scirocco 16V was only in a limited run for the U.S.—between the 1986.5 and model years. Thanks to the 16V combination of rarity and dynamic nice used 16V Sciroccos are coveted and eye-wateringly expensive. too bad, but at least we can all benefit the good news—nearly every car has a 16V engine. Power to the people,

The gorgeous silver 16V Scirocco above belongs to Jan Folkson and was in the photo gallery of Scirocco.org. The red came from the same but with an unknown owner. The two pictures come from the nice juxtaposition of the two Scirocco 16V comes from Flickr cybertect. while the stunning silhouette comes from user Andrew Holliday .

Besides Scirocco.org, another resource is DriversFound.com. which has Scirocco dealer brochures and videos. Login and download of the is required before viewing, but for who loves or loathes Chris those dealer videos are fun.

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