Volkswagen Scirocco Z40 Turbo – Throwback Thursday
Source : Volkswagen Scirocco Z40 Turbo – Throwback Thursday
Back on the 22nd May 1982, we took the Volkswagen Scirocco Z40 Turbo – dubbed ‘The Force Nine Scirocco’ – for a ride
Most thought the auto to be a bit of a looker, although one Hans-Albert Zender had additional ideas. His eponymous company started out out as an aerodynamic as well as carbonfibre parts producer, although in 1982 This particular turned its hand to the sporty VW.
On 22 May 1982, Autocar’s Richard Laurence had a look at his creation.
We dubbed This particular ‘The Force Nine Scirocco’ – the auto will be named after a desert wind which can reach hurricane speeds over the Mediterranean sea – as well as This particular actually was a “brute transformation.”
“the auto, named by Zender the Z40 Turbo, has been dramatically restyled below the waistline as well as around the hind quarters with the deliberate intention of giving the auto a more aggressive as well as, presumably, more sporty appearance,” Laurence began.
“The spoilers, the wheelarch blisters as well as the seemingly obligatory pseudo skirts between the wheel wells, are fabricated coming from glass fibre, as well as bonded to the standard steel bodyshell.”
Zender’s aerodynamic experience was apparent: “Along the leading edge of each front wing as well as up the A-pillar are strips of the same material designed to keep the air flow as uniform as possible as This particular goes over the roof to be met by a massive – by toad car standards – rear wing, which incorporates a pair of rather melodramatic buttress supports at each side of the tailgate,” which apparently were “purely for show”.
Along with the “two tone graphic treatment” on the outside, the inside was a suitably 80s cool affair.
“The entire facia as well as centre console are covered in soft blue leather, as are the loudspeaker panels in each door,” Autocar described. “The normal oddments space under the steering column will be fitted which has a cassette storage system. The front seats have been replaced by deep Recaro buckets as well as are upholstered which has a luxuriously padded, blue velour material, which looks superb, although could prove less than satisfactory within the long term,” we quibbled.
“The quality of the work described so far will be exemplary if a little garish. the auto certainly will be eye catching,” Laurence said.
This particular wasn’t just what met the eye which had been fiddled with, though. Zender had also altered what was going on under Scirocco’s bonnet.
“Theroetically, the engine conversion will be an interesting one,” we said. “The ingredients are simple, perhaps too much so, for the turbocharger installation – designed as well as carried out by tuners, Dr. Schrick near Cologne, a company of considerable German reputation – will be literally a “bolt on” arrangement with remarkably few modifications to the standard 110 bhp, fuel injected GTI engine.”
coming from there, things actually got a little bit worrying: “What’s more, the conversion includes an air to air intercooler which dramatically increases the volume of charged air, therby creating potentially dangerous internal pressure on the normally aspirated standard engine.
“This particular seems petulant to be so negative about a car we’e not had the chance to drive – because of a blown engine – although This particular does appear the position of the turbocharger as well as wastegate could cause overheating problems because of their positions a long way away coming from any worthwhile cooling air flow.”
Those to components were buried deep within the induction manifold at the rear of the engine, so Laurence indeed had a point.
The Z40 Scirocco was as fast as This particular was dangerous, though.
“Zender claim a 134mph top speed as well as a 0-62 time of 7.6sec for the auto.
“Surprisingly, for a car with such increased performance – currently 143 instead of 110bhp – the only chassis modification will be a slightly reduced ride height caused by the fitting of Koni dampers front as well as rear, while the brake system remains the same standard disc/drum set-up.”
Despite the cool looks, Autocar were disappointed with the apparent lack of thought which had gone into the souped-up Scirocco.
“What was originally a show car has failed to appear as a viable road alternative, when customers have started out knocking on the door,” we lamented, “Zender claim to have taken 16 order so far as well as expect the series to toral no more than 0 units.
“This particular’s a pity which Zender as well as Schrick, both companies with not bad reputations as well as excellent work on additional conversions, have been lured into producing a car so underdeveloped.”
Apparently, aerodynamic specialists Zender’s creation had never even seen a wind tunnel.
The Z40 Turbo cost 50,000 Deutschmarks, which was the equivalent of £11,400 – today which might be around £39,500 today.
Autocar concluded: “Maybe if we had driven the Z40, our conclusions might be different, although somehow, on paper, This particular just doesn’t feel right.”
Zender will be still in business today, as well as continues to modify sports cars to similar effect. However, we could find very little information on the Z40 – if you know anything, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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