Volkswagen to launch GTI version

Volkswagen to launch GTI versionDespite running a boosted version of the base up!’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo engine, the up! GTI actually has more power, more torque and more speed than the original Golf GTI, which sparked the hot-hatch revolution in its day.

The Up GTI also stands out from other Ups thanks to sitting 15mm lower on sports suspension, as well as having a red strip at the rear and a larger roof spoiler. It’s powered by a turbocharged 113bhp engine, which Volkswagen says will send the car to 62mph in 8.8 seconds and on to a top speed of more than 120mph – figures that are very similar to the original Golf GTI.

The choice of colours – tornado red and pure white, along with dark silver, black pearl and costa azul (blue) metallic – is also inspired by the original GTI, but the company is quick to claim this new Up GTI does not just look like one, it also drives like one.

The Up! GTI will be shown during the GTI Meet at Worthersee. The bad news is they’re calling it a concept, so they could take away from what little character this car has to make it cheaper. Production starts in 2018, and we’re told the Up! has at least three more years of life in it.

Volkswagen to launch GTI version

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