The Only Way Is Up baby GTI…

VW Up GTI

UP, up and wahey!

Now this looks like fun.

Those German engine boffins at Volkswagen have decided to tweak up the performance of of their city car Up and give it a GTI version.

Finally the kings of the hot hatch are giving the Up the treatment afforded to the legendary Golf.

They’ve even nicked the designs so that means red-striped grilled and tartan seats.

Officially a concept, but with a production version confirmed, the Up GTI uses a 1-litre three-cylinder turbo engine with 113bhp.

VW Up GTI
VW Up GTI

That means hitting 62mph in a blink under nine seconds and all the way to 122mph top speed.

OK, that’s not red-hot hatch sort of figures but nonetheless it’s warm hatch enough for this pocket rocket to be a great little mover.

Add in the 15mm suspension drop and a bit more techno tinkering and it looks the bees knees.

VW Up GTI
VW Up GTI

VW are never cheap so it might yet be pricey, hopefully it’ll be a shade under £15k, but it could certainly be a big rival in status to the Suzuki Swift Sport and Renault Twingo Sport.

The Up GTI concept gets its big reveal at the Worthersee festival in Austria next week – with it hitting showrooms next year.

VW will get it right. The only way is Up.

Phil Lanning

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