Published on April 16th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volkswagen Scirocco GTS unveiled in Shanghai
Let’s face it: the Scirocco is getting on in the years. It was launched back in 2008, and while the model life cycle of performance cars is significantly longer than that of Volkswagen’s other models, it still sits on a platform that’s starting to be a little outdated. Last summer saw the introduction of a number of new engines to the Scirocco range, but this year sees a new variant in the Scirocco range.
The GTS badge dates back to 1982, being a variant that aimed at bridging the gap between the Scirocco and the Golf GTI, with a extra GT flair. Of course this has become less relevant with this generation of the Scirocco because the 2.0 TSI version essentially shares it’s underpinnings with the Golf GTI. And of course the introduction of the more extreme R variants has made even the GTI seems a bit tame in comparison.
But still, the GTS badge does hold some value when it comes to the Scirocco range. It was more than just a powertrain: it was an icon in itself, and this model is effectively an homage to that. On top of the facelifted bumper and lights, the GTS model gets 18-inch wheels and a GTS-specific interior: black headliner, GTS stitched seats, black lacquer panel inserts, contrast stitching, chrome trim, and GTS badges on the sills are all small touches that give the GTS a unique look. Also new to the GTS is the second generation modular infotainment system.