VW Up GT gets green light

Volkswagen will return to the junior hot hatch market with a production version of the Up GT concept, the company has confirmed.

The spiced-up city car, which was part of VW's line-up at the Frankfurt motor show last autumn, has been given the green light and is currently undergoing evaluation by senior VW execs.

Back in Frankfurt VW was making encouraging noises about the car being in the mould of the original Golf GTI, but we reckon that the new Up GT could be more like a spiritual successor to the Lupo GTI, which enjoys a loyal cult following.

As for the nitty gritty of the new Up GT, there's not much in the way of firm detail yet, as we don't know when, how much or how many.

But we do know a few things: the little three-cylinder engine remains, but a turbo will be strapped on to it, a six-speed gearbox will be attached (a manual, we hope) and 110hp will be provided. Sounds rather fun, doesn't it?

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  • Dapster 29 Sep 2014

    This What Car? article from January seems to think that it's back on....



  • vrsmxtb 29 Sep 2014

    Does anyone know the current status of the Up! GT project?

    Some articles from the beginning of the year seemed to suggest it was still due to be produced, but have read a few road tests since that have said it's been halted for cost reasons.

    I only really ask as I drove a Skoda Citigo last week and thoroughly enjoyed it, but felt it could do with at least another 20-30 bhp to satisfy more PH tendencies which is exactly what the Up GT was rumoured to have.

  • daydotz 30 Dec 2012

    AJordan said:
    Should have named it the 'Hurry Up!' smile

  • AJordan 30 Dec 2012

    Should have named it the 'Hurry Up!' smile

  • BadBanshee 29 Dec 2012

    Things seem to have quietened down about this car, but that's perhaps what VW wants as they don't want people to have their excitement about this over and done with before they've even announced a date.

    Engine is certainly unique, being a 3 cylinder 1.0 turbo, but I'm afraid by the time it comes out it might just be a little too underpowered for me.

    Thing I like about its looks is its simple boxy dimensions but it's what's been drawn on the box that gives it a chirpy character. I like it. Someone I know likes the Lupo but hates the Up. I think it's just a matter of the times though. I've seen a few Ups and they look very out of place. In a brilliantly futuristic yet sensible kind of way.

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