Volkswagen Scirocco tyres
Just as it had done so successfully with the Beetle, Volkswagen plundered its Greatest Hits back catalogue to relaunch the Scirocco in 2008. The original was produced between 1974 and 1992, a respectable life span for any production car. It shone like a beacon against the many dreary cars of the time and would come to be a reference point for the many ‘hot hatches’ of the 1980s. The relaunched version remained very true to the spirit of the original. This was no mean feat considering that it was born in a time of increasing emissions and safety regulations.
Key to the Scirocco’s success has been how it appeals to those who aspired to the original when they were younger. More models are sold in the UK than any other European market, so VW must be doing something right. It is very much a sports coupe, with great looks and regarded as great fun to drive. These looks are the main reason to buy one instead of the Golf on which it is based: being a two-door car with little room in the back, it is hardly a more practical option! It delivers a sporty drive, with grip in spades, and being a VW reliability should not be a concern.
Across the board, grip is an important factor in tyre design and choice. Whilst for most cars, grip is important in terms of safety, for the Scirocco things are a little different as it is such a performance-based car. Grip is an integral part of that performance and underpins how the car is such fun to drive. The consequences of fitting the wrong tyres to the Scirocco are that that performance becomes blunted and that drive becomes anaemic rather than fun. The most suitable tyres for the Scirocco will therefore deliver grip in abundance, reinforcing the car’s performance as well as making it as safe as possible in terms of braking and roadholding. In contrast, a tyre’s fuel efficiency is a much lesser concern: for Scirocco drivers for whom it is critically important, a diesel Golf is a better choice of car.
As with most Volkswagen models, tyres from a wide range of manufacturers have been fitted to the Scirocco as original equipment. For etyres customers, though, the focus on replacement tyres has been on just four of these ranges. Each offers the very high levels of grip which this car demands. Additionally, since each comes from a well-known manufacturer, their durability can be taken for granted, even if they are not the cheapest option.
Pirelli’s P Zero range, possibly the most common factory fitting, is etyres’ best-selling replacement tyre option with Scirocco drivers. These are particularly well-regarded for their grip on dry roads and when cornering: just the thing for a Scirocco driver with a heavy right foot. Continental’s SportContact range is another popular premium range. Though these offer faultless grip, a word of warning is that they tend not to last so well on the Scirocco if you regularly push them hard. Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Aysmmetric tyres are particularly performance-based, a common fitting to various sports cars. They offer plenty of a grip and a neat touch is that they have a rim to protect alloy wheels from getting marked or scratched by kerbs. Fourth in line is Dunlop’s SportMaxx range, which features a special combination of rubbers to ensure even wear and optimum roadholding.
Broadly speaking, all of these four tyre types are available within a similar price bracket. Naturally if just one of your tyres is damaged, it’s usually best to replace it with one of the same type and from the same maker.