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Around a decade ago, the Peugeot 106 Rallye and the Citroen Saxo VTS were two of the most popular cars amongst the youth. in Europe. They were so much fun actually, that they quickly became cult cars. Back then, owning a small French hatchback was enough to make you cool. When those manufacturers decided that the typical lift-off oversteer was too much fun and switched to other types of rear suspension, the “Rallye movement” slowly died.
This time round, the replacement of what the 106/Saxo used to be back then, comes from Volkswagen, in the form of the Scirocco. The Scirocco is relatively affordable and features a unique design with strong youthful appeal. The materials are of good quality and the engine choices are excellent. You can get 160hp from a small 1.4l engine, branded TSI and featuring both a turbocharger (KKK K03) and a supercharger (Rotrex), which is nothing short of amazing. Creating a new icon, was very easy for VW, in the end, as the recipe “unique design, affordable, power” works every time.
Now VW has revealed a new version of the Scirocco – called the GTS – celebrating the first generation Scirocco GTS, originally revealed in 1982. The 2012 Scirocco GTS differentiates itself from the other Sciroccos with specially designed sports car stripes on the bonnet, roof and tailgate. Also as standard comes a new set of 18″ wheel rims, custom bumpers, a sporty rear diffuser and tailgate spoiler as well as a few GTS badges. In the interior a new black and red trim combination can be found, combined with the legendary golf ball style gear lever. For more details check our photo gallery and VW’s press release, after the jump.
Scirocco GTS with decorative stripes in racing car style
New Scirocco GTS to launch in Europe and China this autumn
Scirocco GTS debuts with black-painted 18-inch alloy wheels
Wolfsburg /Leipzig, June 2012. In the trade fair city of Leipzig Volkswagen is presenting an extremely sporty special edition model of the Scirocco: the new GTS. Exactly thirty years ago, the original forefather of the GTS rolled off the production line – based on the Scirocco II. Distinctive features of the GTS then as now: an exterior and interior individualised in sporty style. A reminder in 2012 of that original model is the golf ball gear lever– it originally made its debut in the early Golf GTI, but between 1982 and ’84 also adorned the Scirocco GTS. Now, with the launch of the latest model, what is probably the most famous Volkswagen accessory of the 70s and 80s is celebrating its comeback, creating a link between the two eras. The Scirocco GTS has been designed for the European and Chinese markets. Delivering up to 155 kW /210 PS, the coupé will be available from dealerships this autumn.
Bodywork décor and 18-inch wheel rims as standard
Identifying features of the Scirocco GTS in terms of bodywork are specially designed sports car stripes on the bonnet, roof (including rear spoiler) and tailgate. Red brake callipers (2.0 TSI, 210 PS), customdesigned front and rear bumpers, exposed side sills, body-coloured side trim, wing mirrors colour coordinated with the stripes, burnished 18-inch ‘Thunder’ alloy wheels (striking spoked rims) with black trim, a sporty diffuser and the rear tailgate spoiler from the Scirocco R, plus GTS badges on the front wings finish off the exterior design details to perfection. As an alternative option, the Scirocco GTS can also be ordered with black 19-inch ‘Lugano’ alloys. The decorative GTS trim is coordinated with the vehicle colour. In essence, two broad stripes run centrally from the bonnet over the roof, including roof edge spoiler, all the way to the bottom edge of the tailgate.
On each side of these runs a further thin stripe. The following colour combinations are available: if the Scirocco is painted in ‘Indium Grey Metallic’ or ‘Candy White’, the two broad stripes are in ‘Deep Black’ and the wing mirrors and outer thin ones in ‘Salsa Red’. If, on the other hand, the Scirocco GTS is ordered in ‘Salsa Red’, the outer stripes and thus the wing mirrors are ‘Candy White’ (the middle ones remaining ‘Deep Black’). As a fourth colour Volkswagen offers the ‘Deep Black’ pearl-effect finish for the vehicle body paintwork. In this case the broad central stripes are white (‘Candy White’) and the outer ones and wing mirrors red (‘Salsa Red’).
Exclusive interior with red contrasting stitchin
Inside the car the dominant colours are black and red. For example, decorative inserts: the trim elements in front of the driver and frontseat passenger are black (‘Black Peak’); the central console aperture around the audio and air conditioning system, the frames around the air inlets and the decorative inserts in the door handles are finished in keeping with this in classy piano lacquer. All other interior materials are in either black or anthracite – including the gear lever knob in legendary golf ball style.
Red double lap seams form a contrast to the black, appearing on the seats, gear lever sleeve, hand brake lever, sports steering wheel, safety belts, central armrest and door armrests. Also red: the GTS logo on the front seatbacks and the edging around the floor mats. Bright metal elements, meanwhile, embellish the DSG gear knob (the DSG / direct shift gearbox is available as an option), the audio and air conditioning controls and the buttons for the electric windows. Also in metal are the GTS logo within the steering wheel spoke and the door handles (inside).
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