Volkswagen has finally taken the wraps off the long awaited Up GTI, a spiritual successor to the original Mk1 Golf GTI and much loved Lupo GTI.
The Volkswagen Up! GTi has been revealed as VW's new hot little city vehicle, complete with a lively 113bhp three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. Even the colour palette is borrowed from the current Golf GTI. It's powered by a turbocharged 113bhp engine, which Volkswagen says will send the vehicle to 62mph in 8.8 seconds and on to a top speed of more than 120mph - figures that are very similar to the original Golf GTI. Anxious that's not enough?
The original Golf GTI came with a 110 PS engine which powered a vehicle weighing just 810 kg and accelerated it to 62mph in 9.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 113mph.
That means an 8.8sec 0-62mph time and a 122mph top speed. Despite the performance, the auto is said to have low fuel consumption and emissions, thanks to automatic engine stop/start, regenerative braking and one of Volkswagen's first uses of a particulate filter on a petrol engine. We've long suspected the base auto could handle more power so here's hoping its chassis magic hasn't been lost with VW's tuning. The devil will be in the detail of calibration and only apparent once we get to drive a full production example but the signs have to be encouraging, especially if VW nails the price point and makes sure affordability is another hot hatch tradition to be maintained.
The suspension drop certainly makes it look a bit meaner, mind.
Unless VW's had a serious off day, this promises to be a thoroughly good vehicle. The news comes after it revealed a new concept was due to be unveiled in Austria next week. Reckon it's a victor?