• Upgraded engines for Scirocco
LEGENDARY GTS BADGE: The new VW Scirocco GTS has many retro touches, among them the brand's golf ball gear-shifter. Image: Quickpic
• New 162kW Scirocco GTS
• Next-generation infotainment
Volkswagen South Africa's Scirocco range has been given power upgrades with the launch of two new engines.
The automaker’s entry-level 1.4 TSI 118kW unit has been replaced by a 2.0 TSI 132kW/280Nm turbo and the 2.0 TSI 155kW by the 2.0 TSI from the Golf GTI capable of 162kW/280Nm and fitted to the new GTS version.
The 2.0 TSI 132kW is mated to a six-speed manual with a claimed fuel consumption of 6.1 litres/100km.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015: Volkswagen Scirocco
The 132kW unit can make 100km/h in 7.4sec and 227km/h.
The Scirocco GTS has a six-speed direct-shift transmission and can sprint to 100km/h in 6.9sec and 246km/h. Fuel consumption is listed as 6.4 litres/100km.
NEW GTS IN DETAIL
The Scirocco GTS has 18” alloy rims and uses elements of the R-Line package that include distinctive R-style bumpers (integrated fog lights, black radiator and air inlet grilles), custom sill extensions, a spoiler and a diffuser.
The external mirrors are black and, similar to its predecessor, the 1982 Scirocco GTS, the 2015 version can be ordered with a sporty GTS body decal - red stripes from the bonnet over the roof and the boot (red units get black stripes).
It has 3D GTS logos in the radiator grille and tail hatch and can be ordered in black, grey, white or red.
The interior is dominated by black and red and includes:
• Black roof-liner
• Black inlays on the centre console and facia
• GTS badges
• Sport steering-wheel with red seams and the lower spoke finished in black (with the GTS logo).
• Steel pedals
• Seat covers with new materials for centre panels (with the GTS logo at the top of the backrest) and red decorative stitching
• Iconic golf ball gear-knob
• Chromed external nirrors and window switches
• Black air vents and door releases
• Contrasting red seams for the seat-belts, handbrake lever, gear shifter, central armrest and mats
VW’s Composition Media infotainment system, available for the first time in the Scirocco, is standard in the Scirocco GTS. The system uses a 15cm colour touchscreen, offers radio/CD/MP-3 functions, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity, SD card and a proximity sensor (menu details are shown when a hand approaches the screen).
Options for the Scirocco GTS include sunroof, xenon auto-dipping headlights, keyless entry, reversing camera, adaptive chassis control, parking radar, satnav, a DynAudio 400W Excite audio system with sub-woofer and 19” alloy rims.
The first GTS, a coupe based on the Golf GTI, was launched in 1982. VW said: “It was recognisable by a striking GTS stripe (which ran all round the silhouette of the car just above the sill), 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-shifter. These interior features have been re-introduced in the new Scirocco GTS.”
2.0 TSI Scirocco Highline - R369 900
2.0 TSI Scirocco GTS - R439 000
2.0 TSI Scirocco R - R494 200
The Scirocco is sold with a five-year or 90 000km service plan, three-year or 120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Service intervals 15 000km.