VW has announced the Scirocco GTS, a new model that sits between the top-spec Scirocco R and the standard GT. It is what the GTI is to the Golf range and is the spiritual successor to a car of the same name from 1982.
Pop open the bonnet and you will find a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that creates 220PS (217bhp). 0 to 62mph takes 6.5 seconds, putting on a par with the Ford Focus ST and ahead of the similarly powered Renault Megane GT 220. For comparison, the Scirocco R has 280PS.
The top speed is just north of 150mph. Fuel economy, meanwhile, is 46mpg if you opt for a six-speed manual or 41mpg with the optional six-speed DSG. CO2 emissions weigh in at 142g/km.
VW has equipped the two-door, four-seater GTS with lots of standard extras including 18-inch ‘Norwich’ alloys (or 19-inch Lugano alloys as an option), red brake calipers, R-Line bodystyling package for a more aggressive look and black wing mirror caps. A GTS stripe that runs from the bonnet to the boot is optional.
The interior features a black and red colour scheme comprised piano black lacquer on the centre console, air vents and inside door handles, GTS badging and contrasting red seams on the handbrake lever, gear lever gaiter, central armrest, floor mats and seat belts.
There is also a golf ball gear knob (a throwback to the original Scirocco GTS), VW’s Composition Colour modular infotainment matrix (a first for the model) and a sporty steering wheel as standard.
Options available include a multifunction steering wheel, panoramic tilt sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, MIB II radio navigation system and black “Vienna” leather upholstery.
Six colours will be available when the Scirocco GTS goes on sale in May 2015: Deep Black, Indium Grey, Urano Grey, Pure White and Flash Red.
The original 1982 second-generation Scirocco GTS managed 0 to 62mph in a smidge under 10 seconds. Sportier models had as much as 90hp, which seems like nothing by today’s standards.
No word on a price just yet, but expect to hear more details after its public debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show that starts on April 20th.