At last, Volkswagen has created the Up! GTI

It's a mystery why Volkswagen didn't build an Up! GTI before now. After all, almost six years have passed since the city car was first launched.

However, as the vehicle that'll be unveiled at the W├Ârthersee GTI Treffen later this month is still officially a concept, eager customers must wait a little longer. The final production version won't be available until early next year.

Volkswagen Up! GTI Concept (2017) Front Side

Volkswagen is – quite unashamedly – touting the Up! GTI as a spiritual successor to the first-generation Golf GTI. Actually, the comparison has some validity, because the two models are roughly the same length, they both weigh less than a tonne and their power outputs are almost identical.

The Up! GTI features a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that produces 114 bhp (85 kW / 115 PS) with 230 Nm (169 lb/ft) of peak torque. That's sufficient for a top speed of 122 mph (197 km/h) and a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 8.8 seconds.

Sporty accoutrements include a lowered suspension set-up, 17” alloy wheels and a larger rear spoiler. Black body-side decals, a red stripe across the front grille and tartan upholstery meanwhile provide clear visual links to the original Golf GTI.

Volkswagen Up! GTI Concept (2017) DashboardVolkswagen Up! GTI Concept (2017) Rear Side

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