I’ve always rather liked the selection of VWs in the Gran Turismo series, period. The selection of Golfs in GT2 was followed by a wild and varying bunch in GT4, with everything from the original Beetle to the W12 Nardo concept. And GT5 only expanded on it, with classics abound in the form of the Kubelwagen, Schwimmwagen, Samba Bus, and the 1200, in addition to new Golfs and the Scirocco R. All of the classics were superbly fun and comedic drives, but foolishly not well taken by much of the GT community.
Those people haven’t really had true fun in a Gran Turismo game. Or they don’t know what it actually is.
For GT6, there is only one new car this time, but it’s not necessarily as mad as any of the VWs before it – it’s the Scirocco racer, the GT24.
In some ways this is an interesting new addition. Nurburgring 24h cars have been seen before in Gran Turismo, with the likes of the Falken Star GT-R. But that’s in the top league of the bunch. This is more in the midfield areas of that field, an interesting field if you look deeper into it.
But I’m not too sure that the Scirocco is the best representation of it. It’s one of the most well-known for sure, and the racing history of the Scirocco since this 2008 version has been fairly good. But I’m not sure it’s interesting enough.
The Scirocco itself was a well-critiqued car when it first came out, as a revival of a famed name, and as what turned out to be a very strong car – the top model utilising Golf GTI components. And so it was eventually put into racing form, of which you see here.
Battle scars aplenty as the Scirocco struggled to get round the turns of Tokyo R246.
The problem is, even as a racer, it’s not particularly good to drive. Indeed, the FF drivetrain is retained, which normally isn’t even too bad on race cars – the tyres can often take care of the understeer. But the problem was, this was being driven, for this review, in a real race situation.
And in the situation, I was having to drive fast and without real precision. Or else I would have lost the race.
But the Scirocco was awful in this situation. I reckon that, with a slower drive, it would be a more fine car in the bends, but when being pushed, even rather lightly, the understeer was way too great. And the wall-smashing, as a result, was too damn high.
Just to make clear my point, here is the Scirocco, trying to hold off an Amuse S2k GT1 of all things…I won that one.
Also, the understeer invited a catastrophic amount of tyre screech. Indeed, on racing tyres, the screech is different to that of the comfort and sports tyres. And it dominates the sound of anything else, when it does happen. And the racing tyre screech is slightly odd. And you get it a lot in the Scirocco. Get used to it being the proper sound you hear in this car.
The actual sound is the same odd warped sound that you get in a lot of race cars. It fits some cars alright enough, but not this one.
The real problem with the Scirocco I think, is that it’s just plain boring. I wasn’t particularly excited by it to begin with and a drive in it has not done anything to change that. I therefore would pass on it and buy something faster, and with less bloody tyre screech.
Oh yeah, and I lost the race. Because a Honda NSX-R Race Car showed up for no fathomable reason. And because of the understeer and TYRE SCREECH