VW Scirocco GTS

20 Dec, 2012 12:00pm Tom Phillips

Volkswagen has revealed the new special-edition Scirocco GTS, with prices starting from £27,945

The special-edition Volkswagen Scirocco GTS has been announced. It stands out from the rest of the Scirocco range thanks to a distinctive pair of stripes that run the full length of the car from nose to tail.

Four exterior colour choices are available. Opt for white, and your stripes and door mirror caps are contrasting black and red respectively. Red cars get black stripes with white mirror caps, black cars have white stripes and red mirrors, while the grey GTS gets black stripes with red mirrors.

Other exterior extras include gloss black door handles, 18-inch alloys and a panoramic sunroof.

The Scirocco GTS is based on the Scirocco R Line, which starts from £25,915 but comes with black leather upholstery that features contrasting red stitching and GTS logos, a golf ball-style gearknob, a GTS-logoed steering wheel, special floor mats and extra gloss black interior trim.

All cars also get sat-nav, Adaptive Chassis Control, climate control and Bluetooth.

The Scirocco GTS can be had with either a 175bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel (previously only available on the Scirocco GT) or a 207bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol, and a six-speed manual or twin-clutch DSG gearbox.

Prices for the GTS start at £27,945 for the petrol manual and £29,345 for the DSG. The diesel-powered version starts at £27,980 and £29,395 for the DSG. Order books open on 2 January.

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Is it just me or has VW just decided to tart everything up with "go faster" stripes recently

If VW had any sense, they could make their U.S. line up a lot more exiting by offering the present Scirocco, including the new GTS, to American buyers.

I know Scirocco owners will kill me for saying this but I'll say it anyway. From the front it looks like a Golf with anger issues and a Halford stripe on the bonnet. From the side it looks like a mangled Golf. From the rear it looks like a three-door Golf GTI. New Golf GT's interior/steering/switchgear is looks better. Seats however are spot on. Bespoke alloys are striking and the best looking part of this car. Hope they fit these on the upcoming Golf GTI. That's the one to go for.

It's TT money, so why buy it?

Because it's better looking, more practical and less likely to cut you up on the M6.