Power, performance and poise. Four decades after the launch of the original Golf GTI the up! GTI continues the sporting tradition.
Its turbocharged TSI engine gives the up! GTI 115 PS and 230 Nm torque. That enables it to reach 62 mph from a standstill in 8.8 seconds and it continues to 122 mph. The weight is kept down to 997 kg, allowing the up! GTI to get the best out of its combination of a powerful engine and an exciting chassis.
These figures compare with the Golf GTI MkI, which had 110 PS, a 0-62 mph time of 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 113 mph.
The most powerful up! is immediately recognisable with its typical GTI insignia. At the front there is the red stripe across the radiator grille, which has a honeycomb pattern. Integrated above it is the GTI logo. Here the up! cites the archetypal GTI with features such as the double stripes across the wide side sill panels. The exterior mirror caps are in high-gloss black; the 17-inch alloy wheels have also been completely redesigned. They have a particularly dashing look in the wheel housings because the up! GTI features sports running gear, lowering the body by 15 mm.
GTI features also characterise the rear: here, among other things, a red strip as well as a larger roof edge spoiler provides for greater downforce on the rear axle for optimised handling performance at higher speeds. The interior includes features as a leather-trimmed sport steering wheel, a GTI gear knob and the legendary ‘Clark’ tartan seat pattern.
The fact is this GTI does not just look like one – it also drives like one. It’s the DNA of the Golf GTI in a new original.