Volkswagen has given German bengs a little GTI based on the Up supermini.
The pocket-rocket prototype has a turbocharged 999cc 3-cylinder with 115hp of Up-rated power and 200Nm of Up-rated torque, sent to Up-sized 17-inch alloy wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Up GTI is quicker than the Golf GTI – the original one from 1976, that is. The 2017 VW hot hatch takes 8.8 seconds to hit 100km/h from a standstill and goes Up to 197km/h, compared to the 1976 go-faster Golf’s 9 seconds and 182km/h.
The 997kg hatchback looks the part, too – red stripe across the honeycomb radiator grille, another red stripe across the base of the tailgate, red-coloured front disc brake callipers, double black racing stripes above the side sills, a chrome-plated tailpipe and, of course, perfectly positioned “GTI” emblems.
Inside the three-door cabin, the Up-grades include classic plaid-fabric seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, a sporty gearknob and “GTI” insignia.
Volkswagen’s souped-up Up GTI will make its production debut in early 2018. If it ever comes to Singapore, it should cost about half the price of a new VW Golf GTI.