Power for the Scirocco GTS comes from a GTI-sourced turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 220 horsepower. The turbo four is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, but buyers can order a six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox at an extra cost. With two pedals, the GTS reaches 62 mph from a stop in 6.4 seconds and goes on to a top speed of roughly 150 mph.
Visually, the GTS stands out from the stock Scirocco thanks to 18-inch Norwich alloy wheels, model-specific emblems, red brake calipers, more aggressive R-style bumpers on both ends, a gloss black radiator grille, side skirts and a roof-mounted spoiler. The coupe can be spruced up with 19-inch alloys and a GTS decal package that adds racing stripes on the hood, the roof and the hatch.
The cabin gains gloss black trim on the dashboard and the center console, a sport steering wheel with red seams and stainless steel pedals. The GTS comes standard with a golf ball-shaped shift knob, a homage to the original Scirocco GTS that was introduced in 1982 and the first Golf GTI.
The 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS will go on sale in China and across Europe shortly after its introduction in Shanghai. It goes without saying that the coupe will not be sold in the United States, but we hear that the next-gen Scirocco that will debut before the end of the decade is being developed with the North American market in mind.