2015 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS debuts at Shanghai Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 20, 2015

Volkswagen has a new sports car -- the new Scirocco GTS – which is slated to make its world premiere at Auto Shanghai. Boasting a power of 162 kW / 220 PS, its engine is a favourite in the Scirocco lineup since its design is similar to that of the Golf GTI’s engine. It features a turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine that is known as one of the most agile four-cylinder engines throughout the world.

As a result, the Scirocco GTS is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in only 6.5 seconds, regardless of whether it has a manual gearbox or the 6-speed DSG. Its top speed is at a formidable 246 km/h (DSG: 244 km/h). The Scirocco’s engine is very efficient with an average fuel consumption of 6.1 l/100 km with a manual gearbox and of 6.4 l/100 km with a DSG gearbox.

To those who are unfamiliar with auto history, the Scirocco is a pure bred European sports coupe that holds a timeless appeal due largely to how it had been reinvented many times over. This car was introduced 41 years ago at the Geneva Motor Show.

Back then, it quickly rose to become an icon of compact German coupés. Since its launch, more than a million units of this vehicle had already been built. Last summer, Volkswagen introduced a comprehensively updated generation of the sports car that featured a totally new lineup of engines.

It was in 1982 that the first GTS was welcomed by the auto world. Previously, but still in 1982, a Scirocco GTS had come out. This coupé was comparable to the look and specs of that generation’s Golf GTI.

What made the Scirocco stand out was a GTS stripe (which ran throughout the car’s silhouette right above the sill), a gear knob that looked like a golf ball, and unique sport seats. The same sport seats were used on the GTI, except that the upholstery was different. It also featured the same golf ball gear knob.

The current scenario is not that much different. At the end of May, the new Scirocco GTS will be launched in Europe. It will arrive in China during the summer. Fans await with bated breath for the arrival of this exclusively-equipped sports car – a true icon in its own right. Standard equipment for the Scirocco GTS includes a set of new 18-inch “Norwich” alloy wheels.

As an option, Volkswagen is offering the 19- inch “Lugano” alloy wheels. Through the spokes of both of these wheel options, we can clearly see the GTS’ red brake callipers.

Furthermore, the Scirocco GTS is available with the R-Line package "Exterieur" as standard, including striking R-style bumpers (at the front with integrated fog lamps and glossy black radiator and air inlet grilles), a roof spoiler (also R-style), custom side sill extensions, and a diffuser. The new model features wing mirror caps that were painted black.

Similar to the '82 Scirocco GTS, the new model may be fitted with an optional sporty GTS decal for the body. However, this is standard in China. With this option, the car gets two decorative red stripes in the center that start from the bonnet over the roof and the boot. Stripes are black if the car has a “Flash Red” paint.

The automaker also put 3D GTS logos in the new Scirocco’s radiator grille and tailgate. It comes in six color options: "Deep Black", "Urano Grey", "Pure White", "Indium Grey", "Oryx White" and "Flash Red". Its interior has also been customized and uses us black and red mostly. Among the customization features are: Black headliner; Contrasting red seams for the safety belts, the handbrake lever, the gear lever gaiter, the central armrest and the floor mats; Decorative inlays in "Piano Black Lacquer" in the centre console and the applications on the dashboard; Customized sports steering wheel with red seams and the lower spoke with a "Black Piano Lacquer" finish and the GTS logo; Stainless steel pedals; GTS badges on the sill panel mouldings; Seat covers with centre panels that use new material (with the GTS logo positioned at the top of the backrest) and red decorative stitching; Chrome trim package (for the wing mirror and electric window switches); Air vents and inside door handles in "Black Piano Lacquer" finish Furthermore, a golf ball gear knob comes with the GTS package. [source: Volkswagen]

Press Release

Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

Some cars live for ever because they are constantly reinvented. The Scirocco, a pure-bred European sports car, is one of these cars that is forever young. Presented at the 1974 Geneva Motor Show, 41 years ago, it became an icon of compact German coupés. The car caught the spirit of the age: over a million units of the Scirocco have been produced since then. Last summer a comprehensively refined generation of the sports car was launched, featuring, among other things, a completely new range of engines. Building on this, Volkswagen unveils the new Scirocco GTS - a sports car with 162 kW / 220 PS - in a world premiere at Auto Shanghai. Its engine is one of the most popular in the Scirocco range because it is sharing its design genes with the engine of the Golf GTI. A turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine that is recognised as being one of the most agile four-cylinder engines in the world. It catapults the Scirocco GTS - either with a manual gearbox or with the 6-speed DSG - to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds. Top speed: 246 km/h (DSG: 244 km/h). The average fuel consumption shows just how efficient the engine of the Scirocco is: just 6.1 l/100 km with a manual gearbox and similarly economical at 6.4 l/100 km with a DSG gearbox.

A legendary predecessor

The first GTS was launched in 1982. There has been a Scirocco GTS before, in 1982, and that coupé was also related to the Golf GTI of its time, both technically and visually. The Scirocco was recognisable by a strikingly designed GTS stripe (which ran all round the silhouette of the car just above the sill), its distinctive sport seats and a gear knob in golf ball design. The GTI had the same sport seats (with different upholstery) and the golf ball gear knob. Today, the situation is similar. The new Scirocco GTS will be launched in Europe at the end of May, with China following in the summer. This marks the comeback of an icon, a straight-forward, mighty fast and exclusively-equipped sports car.

GTS exterior

The Scirocco GTS will be equipped as standard with new 18-inch "Norwich" alloy wheels; the popular 19-inch "Lugano" alloy wheels will be available as an option. The red brake callipers of the GTS can be seen through the spokes of both of these wheel options. In addition, the Scirocco GTS comes with the R-Line package "Exterieur" as standard, which includes distinctive R-style bumpers (at the front with integrated fog lamps and glossy black radiator and air inlet grilles), custom side sill extensions, a roof spoiler (also R-style) and a diffuser. The wing mirror caps are painted in stylish black and, just like its predecessor, the '82 Scirocco GTS, the new model can be ordered with a sporty GTS decal for the body as an option (standard in China). This option features two decorative red stripes that run centrally from the bonnet over the roof and the boot (if the car is painted in "Flash Red" the stripes are black). The new Scirocco is also enhanced by 3D GTS logos in the radiator grille and on the tailgate. The Scirocco GTS can be ordered in six colours: "Deep Black", "Indium Grey", "Urano Grey", "Pure White", "Oryx White" and, as already mentioned, "Flash Red".

GTS interior

The interior of the Scirocco GTS is also customised, of course, and dominated by the sporty colours black and red. The customisation includes:

Black headliner
Decorative inlays in "Piano Black Lacquer " in the centre console and the applications on the dashboard
GTS badges on the sill panel mouldings
Customised sports steering wheel with red seams and the lower spoke finished in "Black Piano Lacquer" (with the GTS logo)
Pedals in stainless steel
Seat covers with centre panels made of a new material (with the GTS logo at the top of the backrest) and red decorative stitching
GTS package also includes the legendary golf ball gear knob
Chrome trim package (for the wing mirror and electric window switches)
Air vents and inside door handles in "Black Piano Lacquer"
Contrasting red seams for the safety belts, the handbrake lever, the gear lever gaiter, the central armrest and the floor mats
Modular infotainment matrix (MIB)

Also included as standard: The "Composition Colour" infotainment system, available for the first time in the Scirocco. This marks the debut of the second generation of the modular infotainment matrix (MIB II) in this series of sports cars.

Tailor-made customisation

As an option, the Scirocco GTS can also be ordered with black "Vienna" leather upholstery; here again the seats are customised with decorative red seams. Volkswagen also offers features such as the transparent panoramic tilt sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, a multifunction steering wheel and - as previously mentioned - the new MIB II radio navigation systems. In China the leather interior and the panoramic tilt sunroof come as standard.

Topics: vw, vw scirocco, gts

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