Volkswagen Iroc Concept

Concept Cars 25 Aug 2006
Volkswagen Iroc Concept

VW has unveiled the Iroc concept, a futuristic reinterpretation of the Scirocco, designed by Giugiaro in 1970’s. The newly designed front end marks a stylistic turning point for the brand. The Iroc could be the basis for a future production-series model.

From the official Press Release:

VW IrocVolkswagen defines the Iroc Concept as a futuristic reinterpretation of the Scirocco, presented in 1973 at the Geneva Motor Show, and produced in more than 500,000 units worldwide.

The original Scirocco was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro and equipped with four full-fledged seats, a proper trunk and a large hatchback.

In VW’s plans the Iroc will mark a stylistic turning point through its newly designed radiator grill.

According to VW, unlike the original Scirocco "the Iroc is no classic coupé, but a progressively designed sports car with an extremely long roof and a comparatively steep rear end."

VW Iroc LogoThanks to this, the Iroc has room in back for two adults and ample luggage. Moreover, "this long roof together with side window sections is situated on very broad and powerful

The Iroc Concept is powered by a 210 hp TSI engine, coupled with the DSG gearbox.

At the moment VW claims that a series-production vehicle is possible and would be attractive in terms of price.

Exterior Design

Volkswagen Iroc ConceptA sporty and powerful stance is achieved by adopting a 2,680 mm wheelbase combined with short overhangs. The concept is 1,400 mm high, 4,240 mm long and 1,800 mm wide. The 19-inches exclusive light-alloy rims are coupled with 235 tires.

The "viper green metallic" body paint is a further homage to the original Scirocco, that featured this exact shade of color starting from the 1976 model.

In the Iroc Concept, this glaring green is used in combination with black shades, which gives a high chromatic contrast to the car.

The central roof element is composed of dark tinted glass; this element is supported by a structure covered with carbon. An integrated lengthwise support is also a part of these materials. The side sills of the Iroc also have a carbon surface. The structure of the sill visible from outside continues seamlessly into the interior.

Front End Design

The new design of the radiator grill and headlights gives the Iroc is a dynamic look. "There has never been a radiator grill of this shape for a Volkswagen. By doing so the company is manifesting the decision to use different “Volkswagen faces” for specific models and segments. This is already practiced for the Golf, for example, which features the typical Golf radiator grill in the Trendline, Comfortline, Sportline and Individual versions, but sports variations of the crest radiator grill for the sportier GT, GTI and R32 versions."

VW Iroc Radiator Grill DesignThe grill specially is made of light, brushed aluminum in the outer areas. The honeycombed-shaped structure of the radiator grill has been a signature of the sporty Volkswagen since the debut of the current Golf GTI.

Designed as a hexagonal air intake, the grill goes all the way down to the dark front apron. To the right and left of it there are two more air intakes for cooling the brakes.

While the upper transverse web of the radiator grill is flush with the engine hood, the short side sections of the frame directly abut the xenon headlights.

It is apparent here that the image of the radiator grill hexagon almost inevitably results from the connection of the headlights. The headlight casing itself is comparatively narrow and
drawn up to the fenders in the modulation.

Together with the radiator grill the headlights pay full honor to the Iroc’s “viper green” paint.

Profile Design

As a virtual continuation of the radiator grill lines two elevated and sharply cut flanges divide the engine hood into three sections.

In the middle and a bit lower the largest of these surfaces continues the V-shape of the sports car grill up to the A-pillars. The A-pillars themselves are hard to see from the front, because the windshield is extremely wide and overlaps the pillars from the front. The two other surfaces of the engine hood descend into the exposed fenders.

VW Iroc front fender detail"Whoever wipes his hand first across one of the headlights then over the fender and one of the doors will feel that the surfaces of the silhouette twist against one another." In particular the waistline above the front wheel arches and the door handles up to the upper edge of the rear lights drawn far to the side demonstrate this effect.

Depending on perspective and the way the light falls this causes the side sections to look different each time, fascinating and like a taut muscle.

Furthermore, it’s the hidden B-pillars, the markedly distinct C-pillars and the embedded rear side window here that together with the seemingly endlessly long roof line impart a completely unique presence and dynamic. The surfaces of the side windows extend the compact body of the Iroc. Still more: They reverse the proportions of classic sports cars – short roof, long engine hood.

And this shape makes the Iroc unique. Moreover, the roof spoiler integrated in this section adds even more dynamics, both functionally and stylistically. A completely unique counterpoint to the interplay of green and black of the concept is, last but not least,

the sculpturally designed rear lights that are strikingly succinct, even in silhouette.

Rear End Design

VW Iroc - rear designThe sculptural shape of the rear lights is most clearly seen from the rear. The character here is determined by the relationship of the proportions between roof and shoulder sections and thus the waist.

"If it is sharply contoured classic sports car lines emerge."

Due to the roof extending far to the back, the designers were able to dramatically pull in the sides and place the passenger compartment – the roof along with B- and C-pillars – on very sexy shoulders or, better to say, hips. The already wide track has an even wider effect visually.

This effect is underscored by the nearly eye-shaped contour of the horizontally arranged rear lights, which – being integrated far into the fenders – act like a continuation of the C-pillars. The clear and reduced shape of the rear window is clearly set off from the lower part of the hatch and rear apron.

The general view of the broad track together with waisted roof line plus roof spoiler and a diffusor visually suggested in the rear apron imparts a markedly powerful image of the Iroc. Even the flat and trapezoid-shaped exhaust pipes comply with the dictates of dynamics, because they continue the shape of the diffusor to the outside.

Technical Features

The Iroc is powered by a TSI (Twincharger) engine, coupled with the DSG direct shift gearbox. The Twincharger – which is composed by a compressor and a turbocharger – was frst employed in the Golf GT in 2006; TSI engines are claimed by VW to be the most efficient four-cylinder gasoline engines in the world.

The compressor compensates for the typical powering up weaknesses of turbo-only gasoline engines at low rpms. The turbocharger in contrast packs a mighty punch at higher revs.

The TSI version used in the concept achieves 155 kW / 210 hp.

Interior Design

Volkswagen Iroc - InteriorThe Iroc is a four-seater. Behind the wide open (and attached just as wide in the roof) hatchback a spacious trunk with over 300 l of storage volume is concealed. The level corresponds to the original Scirocco.

The trunk capacity can also be greatly expanded by folding down the back seats.

The resulting flat loading surface and the folded down seat backs feature guide rails onto which a multifunctional transportation lock system can be integrated.

The sporty orientation of the Iroc concept is also reflected in the interior, with features like the front bucket seats with integrated 5-point seatbelts and central lock. However, the focus of the design lies on gauges and controls.

Volkswagen Iroc - InteriorTwo large and completely newly designed round instruments form the visual center and highlight of the cockpit. Both main instruments have a bluish glow in a dark acrylic casing.

The driver looks into two cylinders with twelve illuminated bars; they create a three dimensional segmentation within the instruments. Two bright metal rings enclose both central gauges.

The surfaces of the painted dashboard elements are refined with a crystal structure, similar to other parts used in the interior.

The color and trim designers combined color contrasting materials such as neoprene in “viper green”, leather with reptile embossing (in bicolor black/anthracite) and “breathing” high-tech “space fabric” (in “titan black”).

Volkswagen Iroc - InteriorIn addition to the instrument panel encased in black leather, a layer of carbon paint which is also black
is used on the doors, the roof area and floors and forms the framework for the most important functional blocks.

The robust handle in aluminum look design corresponds in shape and color to the compact central console.

When idle it lies flush in a console and only after ignition moves into operational position – an innovative anti-theft protection system and fascinating visualized technology at the same time.

Finally, the hexagonal air conditioning vents in matt silver mirror the design theme of the radiator grill, while an excerpt from the world of great sports cars is meanwhile the row of classic toggle switches.

(Source: Volkswagen)

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