Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Hooray! The VW Up GTI is a real thing

Hooray! The VW Up GTI is a real thing

With a production version confirmed for the near future, the Up GTI will use a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine with a power output of 113bhp and 147lb ft peak torque. It's set to go on sale in early 2018. 41 years on from the original, Volkswagen's keen to conjure up the spirit of the past, with a sporty, nimble auto that puts fun over fast.

The original Golf GTI came with a 110 PS engine which powered a auto weighing just 810 kg and accelerated it to 62mph in 9.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 113mph. You should keep in mind that the auto weighs just 997kg.

The top Golf GTI however is the limited edition Clubsport S, but that one is based on the pre-facelift model.

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Volkswagen promises that this most powerful up! will maintain the GTI spirit and be immediately recognisable with typical GTI insignia including a red stripe across a honeycomb patterned radiator grille with GTI logo.

The interior includes a leather-trimmed sport steering wheel, a GTI gear knob and the legendary "clark" tartan seat pattern as featured in the original Golf GTI. Along the sides, there are deeper skirts, black stripes along the doors and GTI fender badges, while the rear end gains a larger, downforce-inducing rear spoiler, a black diffuser, a larger exhaust pipe and a red stripe across the tailgate. With one exception, the colour palette is even dervived from the original Golf GTI - with Tornado Red, Pure White, Dark Silver, Black Pearl, and a new Costa Azul blue.

With quite the heritage to live up to, Volkswagen have been taking its time in the development of the Up GTI, but are adamant that it will live up to the nomenclature by offering that famous GTI driving experience. Once again all figures are reminiscent of those of the Mk1 Golf GTI launched four decades ago.

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