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by Tim Beissmann

Volkswagen will turn back the clock at this week’s 2012 Leipzig motor show when it unveils its latest special edition car: the Volkswagen Scirocco GTS.

The VW Scirocco GTS marks 30 years since the German manufacturer attached the GTS badge to its second-generation Golf-based coupe, and exhibits a number of unique styling elements that hark back to the early 80s.

Most obvious are the red and black racing stripes that run along the bonnet, roof and rear hatch, and the red mirror caps. The 18-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, edgy front and rear bumpers, flared side skirts, rear spoiler and diffuser, and GTS badges contribute to the bespoke look.

The colour scheme continues into the cabin with black plastics and leather contrasted with red stitching across the seats, handbrake, gear stick and steering wheel. The golf ball-inspired manual gear knob, similar to that in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35, is another nod to the brand’s sporting pedigree.

Under the bonnet sits the 155kW/280Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Golf GTI, which sees the Scirocco accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 238km/h.

There is no word at this stage if the Volkswagen Scirocco GTS will be produced in right-hand-drive. Regardless, Volkswagen Australia says it has no plans to add any other variants to its Scirocco line-up. The only variant sold in our market is the high-performance 188kW/330Nm Scirocco R.

Volkswagen Australia sold 269 Sciroccos in Australia over the first four months of this year, giving it a 6.1 per cent share of the sub-$80,000 sports car segment.




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