Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Say Hello To The New VW Up GTI

Say Hello To The New VW Up GTI

But, with the production vehicle due to go on sale early next year, we'll let you know just how good it is as soon as possible. GTI concept isn't almost as quick or as powerful as the GTI we all know and love today.

In the 148bhp unit, two of the four cylinders are shut down while in the 129bhp BlueMotion version, all four cylinders are paused when the vehicle is coasting. And instead of producing between 210 and 220 hp, the Volkswagen up!

Available in three or five-door configurations, the new GTI Performance is fitted with Volkswagen's advanced Active Info Display as standard and costs £29,280.

Look closely at the numbers, and you'll see the up! The two feature similar dimensions, and top speed varies just slightly from 122 miles per hour on the up! GTi offers a 0-62 miles per hour sprints in 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 122 miles per hour. Although not quite as light as the original, the new model weighs a respectable 2,198 pounds. GTi doesn't need a lot of power to move itself around.

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. In addition to revised front and rear fascias, the GTi model features a MacPherson strut suspension up front and a torsion beam in the rear, sportier springs and dampers compared to the base Up!, and a lowered ride height along with larger 17-inch wheels. Inside, there's a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, a GTI shift knob, and clark plaid seat upholstery.

Scheduled for production early next year, it is being shown in prototype form at this year's traditional GTI Meet at Lake Worthersee in Austria (May 24-27).

Two versions of the 1.5-litre EVO engine are joining the updated Golf line-up which Volkswagen promises is now the most comprehensive engine line-ups of any United Kingdom vehicle model.

Watch the hotted-up hatch race the original GTI in the video below.

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