VW Considering An Up! GTI, Report Says

Nowadays, hot-hatches have become extremely potent, but a little on the large side as well, some of them being a far cry from their no-nonsense predecessors. That doesn’t mean the days of quick, lightweight, small cars are gone, though.

Volkswagen popularized the concept of the hot hatch with its 1976 Golf GTI, remaining a milestone in the segment for the past 40 years – with the latest Golf GTI Clubsport attesting the car maker’s expertise.

But with its 306 HP and 380 Nm (280 pound-feet) of torque 2.0-liter four-banger turbo, the Clubsport offers more than the average motorist’s requirements. Heck, even the regular GTI can be a handful, but according to Autocar Magazine, the German car maker could be cooking something cheap and cheerful; an Up! GTI.

Citing VW’s engineering officials, the British publication said that the small city car could get the 113bhp, 147lb ft version of the 1.0-litre engine, currently doing its thing under Golf Bluemotion’s hood. A detuned variant of this mill (from 113hp to 89hp) has already been added to the Up! line-up.

It might not sound like much, but prototypes equipped with DSG transmissions are going from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8 seconds flat. We reckon the model’s weight will have something to do with the performance figures as well, as the standard variant tips the scale at just 929 kg (2,048.1 lb) – albeit a GTI model could shed a few kilos.


  • Miknik

    Didn’t they consider this right form the beginning? Just recently I came across some first drive report form 2011 where a “GTI” with a turbo version of the 3 cylinder was more or less confirmed (for the near future) That’s more than 5 years ago….

    • Christian

      no, its was the 1,2 TSI 4 Cylinder turbo.

      Called UP-GT. 🙂

  • TheHake
  • TheHake

    I see Giddy Up! nicknames coming!


    Maybe better for the next gen, this model is outdated, entirely….

    • Six Thousand Times

      The Fiesta is even more outdated and The ST200 is a treat. Plus, we may not know how long the current Up will live.

    • smartacus

      good point. Not to mention the FORD 1.0 Ecoboost makes more power and is available in the roomier Fiesta and Focus

  • Christian

    If they gonna make it, it would be without a doubt a tune version of the 1,0 TSi engine…But imagine a 1,4 TSi 150 Bhp!

    • Nate

      To be fair a remapped 1.0 TSI is allegedly capable of putting out around 135 hp, which of course would be more then welcome to find its way powering a Volkswagen UP-R.

  • smartacus

    Hey! i just thought of something (rare for me these days)
    if they got Golf, Polo, Lupo, Up
    Why can’t they offer a Beetle, Roach, Tick, Mite?

  • jfalckt

    VW should do this. Anyone remember the Lupo GTI? That was pretty special

  • Vassilis

    Yes please!

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