The smallest member of Volkswagen’s GTI family, the Up!, has received some mods by the folks at B&B Automobiltechnik.
The German tuner has prepped two power upgrades for the city car. The most affordable one is Stage 1, which will cost you €998 ($1,158), in Germany, and raises the output by 21PS (21hp / 16kW).
As for Stage 2, it adds an extra 32PS (32hp / 24kW) and 60Nm (44lb-ft) of torque over the stock turbo’d 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, which now makes 147PS (145hp / 108kW) and 260Nm (192lb-ft) of torque – close enough to the third-gen Golf GTi that, in 2.0 16-valve guise, put out 150PS (148hp). Choosing this option requires spending €1,498 ($1,738).
In the most potent form, the B&B-tuned Up! GTI sprints from 0 to 100km/h (0-62mph) in a respectable 7.9 seconds, or almost a full second quicker than the stock car. Top speed has also increased to just a little over 210km/h (130mph), from 196km/h (122mph).
The German tuner also added a stiffer suspension, which lowers the ride height by 30mm (1.18in). This upgrade brings adjustable coilovers that should improve the Up! GTI’s cornering abilities.
Buying Volkswagen’s smallest hot hatch requires spending at least €16,975 ($19,699) in Germany, and £14,055 ($18,135) in the United Kingdom. Although the three-cylinder engine puts out just 115 PS (113 HP), it tips the scales at just 997kg (2,198lbs), so it’s pretty nifty – and opting for B&B’s relatively affordable power upgrades should make it even more enjoyable.