Volkswagen has announced a new up! GTI in the spirit of the original Golf GTI from forty years ago.
The concept car had its world premiere at the annual GTI Meet at Lake Wörthersee in Wolfsburg.
The concept and power output of the up! (85 kW / 115 PS) are similar to that of the Golf GTI MkI released in 1976 (81 kW / 110 PS).
The car will have a turbocharged engine with 230 Nm torque, allowing for a top speed of 197 km/h and a 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds.
Visually, the car’s influences are immediately recognisable. At the front, a red stripe runs across the radiator grille with the GTI logo above. Meanwhile, the wheels have been completely redesigned, with The body lowered by 15mm due to the car’s sports running gear. On the inside, the car features a leather-trimmed steering wheel and GTI gear knob.
The production version of the up! GTI is expected to enter the market early next year.