Volkswagen will launch a hot hatch version of its Up city auto, the company has confirmed. A mere five years (ahem) after the Up's launch, there's a fast one finally on the way.
For example, it's only now that its flagship GTI version is reaching dealership in Great Britain, and for that matter we're more interested in the fact that United Kingdom customers can also park in their driveway the top of the range Performance variant. Due to reach showrooms early next year, here is hoping that the Up can transcend some of the magic of the mk1 Golf GTI. Anxious that's not enough?
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That means an 8.8sec 0-62mph time and a 122mph top speed.
It's that power figure which leads Volkswagen to say that the Up GTI "follows the genetic heritage" of the Mk1 Golf GTI - with just 5bhp difference between the two cars, performance figures are very close-run. Despite the performance, the vehicle 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. You'll actually be able to wring this thing's neck.
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We've known about this vehicle for a while now, but it's, err, still not here.
The VW Up GTI concept gets its big reveal at the Worthersee festival in Austria next week, with sales starting in early 2018.
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Unless VW's had a serious off day, this promises to be a thoroughly good vehicle. Whether it's a true great will all hinge on its price; if VW can make it £15,000 or below, then this could be a proper bargain hero in the Suzuki Swift Sport and (previous gen) Renault Sport Twingo mould. Reckon it's a victor?