The spectacularly sporty ABT Scirocco
When the original Scirocco premiered a quarter of a century ago it was soon successful. After all, the chic, compact coupé was quite something special. “That certainly hasn’t changed,” says Hans-Jürgen Abt, the managing director of ABT Sportsline. And even more so when the globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group’s designers and engineers handle the Scirocco. The result is worth both driving and beholding. It is as impressive as a sports car. “Which is what the ABT Scirocco is. It is very active, but also interesting in economic terms,” Hans-Jürgen Abt adds.
ABT Power tunes three engines, and all make for a thrust that fits the car’s dynamic look: The 2.0 TSI’s 200 hp (147 kW) are tuned to a racy 240 hp (177 kW); the diesel engine of the same size now has 170 hp or 125 kW (serial version: 140 hp/103kW). Especially interesting is the torquey but economical 1.4 TSI, whose serial version has 160 hp (118 kW). ABT has tuned it to 210 hp (154 kW). The engine thus has the larger serial engine’s (2.0 TSI) performance characteristics, but consumes much less fuel.