Volkswagen Up! GTI Concept to debut at the 2017 Wörthersee Tour
Ready to roll later this month at the annual VW GTI fan fest at Lake Wörthersee in Austria, the Volkswagen Up! GTI Concept previews a car that will go into production early next year and be sold in various European markets. Recalling the spirit, character and performance of the original Golf-based GTI, this latest and most potent iteration of the diminutive Up! City car packs a turbocharged 1.0-liter/3-cylinder TSI gasoline engine that make 113 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque that heads to the front wheels via 6-speed manual transmission. That’s enough grunt to send the 2,198-pound Up! GTI from 0-62 mph in 8.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 122 mph. To more fully exploit that added potential, the car also boasts a sport suspension that lowers ride height by more than half an inch and also includes bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels and red painted brake calipers.
Other neo-classic GTI touches found on VW’s new ultra Up! include a subtle red accent stripe across the grille, black double door-sill stripes, gloss-black mirror caps and a functional rear decklid spoiler. The retro-modern theme continues inside, where the Up! GTI features a leather-trimmed sport steering wheel, a GTI gear knob and the distinctive "clark" pattern cloth seat inserts. No word yet on pricing or exact on-sale dates. Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring the new Up! GTI or any other versions of the VW Up! to America.
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