The up! is the latest, and smallest, model to be adorned with the famous GTI badge, giving drivers both young and not-so-young the chance to create (or recreate) great driving memories.
Following 42 years of GTI success, the up! GTI harks back to the 1976 Golf GTI Mk1 in both concept and power output. The up! GTI produces 115PS compared to the Mk1’s 110PS, and carefully judged dynamics see the new 1,070-kilogram up! GTI pay a modern day tribute to Volkswagen’s original hot hatch icon.
Starting from only £13750 and building on the already impressive base of the existing up!, the new GTI adds a 115PS 1-litre TSI three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, greater down force on the rear axle, sports running gear lowered by around 15mm compared to the standard car, and typical GTI insignia inside and out.
Offered in three- or five-doors, and with a six-speed manual gearbox, the up! GTI promises engaging performance blended with the typically practical attributes of Volkswagen’s popular four-seat A00 city car.
The three- and five-door models both feature GTI insignia, including the red trim strips on the front and rear, GTI badges on the front, rear and sides, 17-inch Oswald alloy wheels and red brake callipers on the front. The exterior also boasts electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors with gloss black door mirror caps, black stripe lower door decals (not on black paint), sports bumpers on the front and rear, all topped off with tinted rear windows, a GTI roof spoiler and chrome exhaust tailpipe.
The up! GTI’s sporty looks are exaggerated by the sports suspension, which sits the car closer to the road, and the halogen headlamps with separate daytime running lights.
Inside, the impressive GTI features continue with the classic ‘Jacara’ tartan seat fabric, GTI door sill panel trims and a special GTI gear knob. The multi-function steering wheel comes with red stitching and the GTI logo in the vertical spoke.
The car interior also features red ambient lighting, ‘3D’ red pixels dash with chrome trims to the heating vents and an infotainment console, a black roof liner and front and rear carpet mats front with red stitching.
Despite its clear sporty design, the up! GTI still maintains the comfort and convenience features to makes journeys enjoyable, including heated front seats, manual air conditioning, electric front windows and a variable boot floor.
The up! GTI is littered with driver-friendly technology and infotainment features, including; the Composition radio system; with five-inch colour screen; that lets you connect your smartphone via Bluetooth. Or if they’d like to use their smartphone as a sat-nav, the ‘maps + more’ dock allows smartphone integration up to a 5.5-inch screen size. With six speakers as standard and music options such as DAB radio and streaming audio via bluetooth, the up! GTI infotainment system offers all the essentials.
The up! GTI is offered in the hallmark colours of the GTI family:
Customers can also match the standard black gloss door mirror covers with an optional black roof (not offered with black paint).
No interior trim or wheel options are offered on this model.
For the first time outside of the beats trim, the beats sound system is offered as an option.
Download the full options list below.
The three- and five-door up! GTI are offered with one engine, the 1-litre 115PS TSI six-speed manual.
The 999cc three cylinder 12v petrol engine offers up its 115PS power peak at 5,000 rpm – up to 5,500 rpm – while the punchy peak torque figure of 200 Nm arrives between 2,000 rpm and 3,500 rpm. The 8.8 second 0-62 mph time and top speed of 122 mph are firmly in-keeping with its iconic hot hatch predecessor.