Some cars, just like people, tend to mature in their demeanor once they hit a certain age. Some nameplates that are now hitting more than 30 years of production age are inclined to be bigger and more sluggish compared to their predecessors. Yet this isn't always the case. An exemption is the forever young Volkswagen Scirocco.
Just look at the all-new VW Scirocco GTS and you'll immediately see that this iconic sports car hasn't lost its youthful touch. Launched at Auto Shanghai 2015, the newest VW packs goodies that not only give it an exciting vibe, but also make it a favorite among sports-car fans.
Those red brake calipers, for instance, are just one hint of excitement--and of things to come. They peek through the standard 18-inch Norwick alloy wheels (or the 19-inch Lugano alloys, if you prefer). Apart from the racy wheels and brakes, the Scirocco GTS comes with the R-Line package as standard. This includes side sill extensions, the R-Line front end featuring a front bumper with foglamps, a glossy black radiator grille, and air intakes. A rear spoiler, diffuser, and black mirror caps complete the look.
If you're not too sold on this package, you can opt for the sporty GTS decal--just like that of the original 1982 Scirocco GTS. The GTS decal features two stripes that run from the hood, go across the roof, and end all the way at the back. These stripes are painted in either red or black (if the car is ordered in Flash Red). More GTS touches come from a set of 3D GTS logos on the radiator grille and the tailgate.
The cabin is also imbued with sporty touches. The color theme here is black and red, scattered all across the interior. The seats, the steering wheel, the headliner, the door panels, and the other trim pieces are covered in two colors, along with chrome accents and other classy materials. The "Composition Color" modular infotainment system is seen for the first time in the Scirocco, along with the Modular Infotainment Matrix system. This helps the occupants stay connected and entertained while on the road. And of course, what would the GTS be without its link to the past and the rest of the sporty VW line? This can be seen in the golf ball-type gearshift knob--a styling cue straight from its Golf GTI sibling.
Matching the sporty exterior and cabin is an engine that can truly make the car go. The turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline powerplant puts out 220hp, rockets the car from rest to 100kph in just 6.5 seconds, and makes it go all the way to a top speed of 246kph. Buyers can choose from either a manual transmission or VW's famed Dual Clutch Gearbox. Either way, they get heart-pounding performance and fuel economy to the tune of roughly 15.6km/L on average.
First seen in 1982, the Scirocco GTS celebrates more than 30 years of driving excitement. Hopefully, the Philippine market will get a taste of this vibe as well, if and when Philippine distributor Automobile Central Enterprise brings the car to the country. Let's keep our fingers crossed.