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]