Americans love it because it's a racier-looking version of the Golf GTI, and people in Europe and Asia love it because they can actually buy one. A new Volkswagen Scirocco GTS debuts at the Shanghai Auto Show next week with new technology and a fresh design.
The European-bred coupe features new 18-inch "Norwich" alloy wheels — or optional 19-inch wheels — along with red brake calipers. Each Scirocco GTS model comes standard with an R-Line package that includes a unique bumper with glossy black accents as well as custom side sill extensions, a bold roof spoiler, and a diffuser. Standard in China and optional in other markets, a sporty GTS decal on the body of the car grabs attention. Look closely and you'll see two decorative red stripes that run down the center of most models. Exterior colors include shades of black, grey, white, and red.
Inside, the GTS interior features a black and red color theme. Piano black accents, customized sport steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, contrast red stitching, chrome trim, and golf ball gear knob give the model a uniquely athletic look. GTS badging, of course, can be seen everywhere from the seats to the sill panel moldings and the steering wheel. For the first time in the Scirocco, a "Composition Color" infotainment system brings the latest generation of technology to the model.
Look at the specs and you should recognize them from the new GTI. The Scirocco GTS is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected TSI engine with 217 hp. This engine is paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission. Top speed is about 153 mph, and it only takes 6.5 seconds to reach 62 mph in the car.
The Volkswagen Scirocco GTS originally debuted for the 1982 model year, and it too was related to the GTI of the day. For 2015, the GTS maintains the same basic feel as the original, complete with striping, sport seats, and the iconic golf ball gear knob design. The new Scirocco GTS arrives in Europe at the end of May and in China by this summer. Sorry, U.S. customers, but it looks like the Scirocco will remain a forbidden fruit here in the 'States.