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Volkswagen Scirocco GTS, more iconic than you think


The Scirocco was first 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 and Volkswagen sold just over a million units since it was first introduced. Here in South Africa we prefer the Golf GTI over the Scirocco which makes this two door sports car something of a rare find on our roads.

We here at Autodealer have always fancied the Volkswagen Scirocco. Volkswagen refers to it as a hatchback coupe. Whatever it is, we like it. Volkswagen has recently sent us details on their latest edition to the Scirocco, the GTS.

Volkswagen recently updated the Scirocco with some enhanced styling as well as engine changes. Being Volkswagen the changes are subtle so we will forgive you for not noticing them. As for the GTS version, Volkswagen took the opportunity at the Shanghai International Motor Show to introduce the GTS model.

 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. In addition, the Scirocco GTS comes with the R-Line package as standard, which includes distinctive R-style bumpers, custom side sill extensions, a roof spoiler and a rear diffuser. Let’s not forget the two large ‘go-faster’ GTS stripes that run over the whole car. These stripes were originally seen on the first Scirocco GTS which was launched in 1982. If you prefer not to have these iconic stripes then don’t worry, they are an option.

The interior of the Scirocco GTS has also been customised and dominated by the sporty colours - black and red. The customisation includes things such as a black headliner, decorative piano black inlays in the centre console and on the dashboard. GTS badges on the sill panel mouldings to remind you that you are in something special. There is a customised sports steering wheel with red seams with the GTS logo. The pedals are finished in stainless steel for added sportiness. The GTS package also includes the legendary golf ball gear knob.

Since 1982, Volkswagen has based the Scirocco on the GTI of the time. This means that the new GTS shares many of its underpinnings with the current Golf GTI, which is one of the best hot hatches around today. The Scirocco GTS shares the same power plant as the current Golf GTI, a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which produces 162kW of power and about 350Nm of torque. We expect the GTS to be offered with a 6-speed manual or a DSG automatic gearbox.

We will keep you updated on pricing as well as when you can expect to find the GTS on a showroom floor.

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