Volkswagen Scirocco gets power boost


The recipient of a mid-life facelift in January, Volkswagen South Africa has given its Scirocco sports coupe another round of revisions with the introduction of updated engines, as well as the permanent fixture of the previous limited edition only GTS.

Again comprising of three TSI turbocharged petrol models, the base Highline sees the discontinuation of the 1.4-litre turbo/supercharged engine in favour of a turbo only 2.0-litre that churns out 132 kW and 280 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission offered with Volkswagen claiming a 0-100 km/h time of 7.4 secs and top speed of 227 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.1 L/100 km.

Replacing the 2.0 TSI Sportline as the mid-range model, the GTS features a range of cosmetic changes that is aimed at paying tribute to the original model launched in 1982.

These include dual black strips with red striping on the roof, bonnet and boot, GTS badging on the grille and bootlid, 18-inch Norwich alloy wheels, R-Line bumpers and doorsills, gloss black grille and air intake, model specific boot spoiler and black door mirrors.

Interior additions include red stitching on leather sports seats, safety belts, handbrake lever, floor mats and gear lever, Piano Black Lacquer inserts on the centre console, dashboard, around the air vents and on the steering wheel, drilled stainless pedals, golf ball gearknob and GTS badging on the seats and steering wheel.

Also new, the GTS comes fitted as standard with Volkswagen’s recently introduced 5.8-inch touchscreen Composition Media infotainment that adds USB and Aux inputs, as well as Bluetooth streaming and optional navigation.

Underneath the bonnet, and as with the Golf GTi, the GTS’s 2.0 TSI mill produces 162 kW and 350 N.m of torque, enough to see it reach 100 km/h in 6.9 secs and onto a top speed of 246 km/h. A six-speed DSG is the only transmission available with fuel consumption coming in at 6.4 L/100 km.

The only model left unchanged, the Scirocco R caps with the range off with power still rated at 188 kW and 350 N.m of torque. As with the GTS, only the DSG offered with the 0-100 km/h dash over in 5.5 secs and top speed limited to 250 km/h.

A five year / 90 000 km service plan and three year / 120 000 km warranty is standard on all models.



2.0 TSI Highline 132 kW / 280 N.m R369 900
2.0 TSI GTS DSG 162 kW / 350 N.m R439 900
2.0 TSI R DSG 188 kW / 350 N.m R494 200