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VW reveals sporty new Scirocco

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The Volkswagen Scirocco may have been first launched way back in 2008, but VW clearly thinks that there’s plenty of life left in it, after introducing a new GTS version at the Shanghai motor show. 

This sporty model uses the same turbocharged 2.0-litre engine as the Golf GTI, which puts out a substantial 217bhp – enough to catapult this compact car to 62mph in a speedy 6.5 seconds and it’s got the muscle to keep going all the way to 153mph. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed DSG automatic ‘box.

This new addition to the Scirocco range sits below the Scirocco R, which has a more highly strung 2.0-litre turbocharged motor pumping out a hefty 276bhp and can sprint to 62mph in 5.7 seconds – a figure which drops to 5.5 seconds in DSG form. Where the GTS beats the R model, however, is when it comes to running costs, as the GTS should be able to return around 45mpg with annual car tax costs of £130, compared to fuel consumption of barely more than 35mpg for the more powerful R.

Volkswagen has also seen fit to suitably beef up the GTS’s exterior styling, with bold 18-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers and the option of a GTS stripe across the bonnet, roof and boot. The GTS also gains a number of design updates on the inside including black trim with red stitching and a golf ball-style gear knob which harks back to the original Golf GTI and the first Scirocco GTS, which arrived in 1982 and also nabbed a number of parts from its Golf GTI sibling.

The new Scirocco should arrive in European dealerships at the end of May. Prices are set to be announced closer to the car’s launch date.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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