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Hooray! The VW Up GTI is a real thing

Hooray! The VW Up GTI is a real thing

The Volkswagen Up! GTi has been revealed as VW's new hot little city auto, complete with a lively 113bhp three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. 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.

Yes, it's got Volkswagen's most hallowed hot hatch badge upon its snout, alongside all of the GTI hallmarks, with a red-striped grille and tartan seats inside.

Officially a concept, but with a production version confirmed, the Up GTI uses a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine with 113bhp and 147lb ft. Once again all figures are reminiscent of those of the Mk1 Golf GTI launched four decades ago. Anxious that's not enough? With the Up GTI weighing just 997kg, this pocket hot hatch will do 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds, before topping out at 122mph.

You may recall the prototype drive in the Up GTI from late past year; now it's official with the auto due to be revealed in public at next week's Worthersee Treffen in front of thousands of cheery and (probably) beery VW fans. Modest figures, yes. But ones that make it a auto with accessible performance in the real world. You'll actually be able to wring this thing's neck. Well. we don't know yet because we haven't driven it. The GTI upgrade is predictably subtle but does enough to make this Up look "proper", we reckon. The news comes after it revealed a new concept was due to be unveiled in Austria next week.

Unless VW's had a serious off day, this promises to be a thoroughly good vehicle. All similar figures to the original Golf GTI, VW is keen to point out. Reckon it's a victor?


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