VW Scirocco GTS

31 May, 2012 11:34am Jack Rix

Special edition marks 30th anniversary of original VW Scirocco GTS

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off a special edition of the Scirocco at the Auto Mobil International show in Leipzig, Germany. The Scirocco GTS is a tribute to the original GTS which first rolled off the line 30 years ago.

Black and red stripes running along the boot, roof and bonnet evoke memories of racing cars from the Seventies and Eighties, while the bodykit features unique front and rear bumpers and chunkier side sills. Red wing mirrors, 18-inch 'Thunder' alloy wheels, a rear diffuser and a roof spoiler taken from the Scirocco R add some extra aggression to the coupe's design, and GTS badges are added to the flanks.

On the inside, the GTS name is embossed on a pair of scuff plates and stitched into the headrests. The gearlever is a classic golf ball design - normally reserved for the Golf GTI, but also a feature of the 1982 Scirocco GTS.

Also on VW's stand at the Leipzig show was the Beetle Fender, a collaboration between VW and the iconic amplifier manufacturer. The special edition features a 400W Fender sound system with a 10-channel amplifier, a dashboard finished in two-tone 'Sunburst' wood and comes with three limited-edition guitar picks. You'll be able to buy one in the first half of 2013, although there are no plans to bring the Scirocco GTS to UK showrooms.


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What it needs is a facelift and bigger size not stripes.

Oh great, another slab of Golf-based dullness. Snore.

What it actually needs is 350bhp and a 60/40 rear biased 4wd system to make the most of it, not a crappy electronic faux-slippy diff and buckets of understeer.

Can't comment upon the driving experience but to my mind this is one VW Group project that is far from being desperately dull to look at. Mind you there are plenty that are; presumably this is why they sell.

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