RE: VW Lupo Cup | Spotted

RE: VW Lupo Cup | Spotted

Sunday 1st September

VW Lupo Cup | Spotted

Ever dreamt of living out Gran Turismo Lupo Cup fantasies for real? Now's the chance!



There's just something so satisfying about a racecar without a livery, isn't there? While there have been some iconic paint schemes down the years and plenty of striking designs, when it comes to tin tops especially, it's hard to beat a blank slate. Usually that's thanks to the fact that the monotone machine's swollen arches, flared intakes and aggressive stance aren't camouflaged by a mess of different shapes, colours and logos, but even in the case of far more conservative racers, like today's Spotted, it still seems to hold true.

And while this Volkswagen Lupo may not boast the same dramatic proportions as a GT3 car, its subtle styling belies its serious setup. All Lupo Cups were prepped for competition by renowned German tuning firm Abt before being sent out around Europe for competition. The upgrades were not exactly extreme, focussing instead on weight saving and racing readiness, with coilover suspension, OZ Racing Superturismo wheels, a roll cage, bucket seat and suede VW Motorsport steering wheel all getting the nod, along with a sports exhaust.


Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine - of the kind found in the Lupo GTI - with a six-speed manual transmission, this example has been modified further still to feature many of the upgrades found on the seriously potent Lupo BTC car. To that end it sports a Quaife limited-slip differential, aluminium doors, wings and bonnet, and a Konig carbon kevlar driver's seat, while the battery has also been relocated to the rear to improve weight distribution.

Outputs of 125hp from 6,500rpm and 112lb ft of torque from 3,000rpm may not sound like particularly racy figures, nor will the 8.0-second 0-62 time or 127mph top speed set pulses racing on paper. But, as our EnduroKa exploits this year have demonstrated, in something so light and pared back it doesn't take a great deal of show to result in plenty of go.


Today's Spotted was a rare sight on UK circuits when new, as one of just three Lupo Cup cars brought to these shores by Milton Keynes VW, but now finds itself rarer still with one of the trio having been written-off in a crash. Having enjoyed success in the Dunlop Sport Max Cup, where it won its class, the car has proven pedigree, the cachet of rarity, and the hype that surrounds limited-edition VW fare, all of which results in a price tag of Β£15,995. And if you're thinking you might save a few grand by tracking down that other remaining UK car, don't bother - the same seller owns that one, too.


SPECIFICATION - VOLKSWAGEN LUPO CUP
Engine:
1,600cc four-cyl
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 125@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 112@3,000rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 2000
Recorded mileage: 3,000
Price new: N/A
Yours for: Β£15,995

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GTiWILL

Original Poster:

199 posts

23 months

Sunday 1st September
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That’s ace, I’d love that with a set of number plates.

I’m surprised by the 8 seconds to 60 mph time, I know it’s only 125bhp but I bet it only weighs 700kg!


s m

17,824 posts

148 months

Sunday 1st September
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article said:
this example has been modified further still to feature many of the upgrades found on the seriously potent Lupo BTC car. To that end it sports a Quaife limited-slip differential, aluminium doors, wings and bonnet, and a Konig carbon kevlar driver's seat
Think the normal road cars got alloy panels anyway rather than being an upgrade?
Or are they even lighter alloy as an upgrade part?

Mr. Potato Head

1,100 posts

164 months

Sunday 1st September
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My regular GTI has aluminium doors wings and bonnet and the battery is in the boot.

cmoose

44,929 posts

174 months

Sunday 1st September
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s m said:
article said:
this example has been modified further still to feature many of the upgrades found on the seriously potent Lupo BTC car. To that end it sports a Quaife limited-slip differential, aluminium doors, wings and bonnet, and a Konig carbon kevlar driver's seat
Think the normal road cars got alloy panels anyway rather than being an upgrade?
Or are they even lighter alloy as an upgrade part?
I doubt very much a tuning firm has tooled up metal doors and a metal bonnet. Never heard of that pretty much ever, I assume due to massive tooling costs. Composite etc, yeah, but not metal doors from a tuning outfit.

Nik Gnashers

147 posts

101 months

Sunday 1st September
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Seems quite expensive for something that isn't really that special to me, maybe I'm missing the whole point.

s m

17,824 posts

148 months

Sunday 1st September
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cmoose said:
s m said:
article said:
this example has been modified further still to feature many of the upgrades found on the seriously potent Lupo BTC car. To that end it sports a Quaife limited-slip differential, aluminium doors, wings and bonnet, and a Konig carbon kevlar driver's seat
Think the normal road cars got alloy panels anyway rather than being an upgrade?
Or are they even lighter alloy as an upgrade part?
I doubt very much a tuning firm has tooled up metal doors and a metal bonnet. Never heard of that pretty much ever, I assume due to massive tooling costs. Composite etc, yeah, but not metal doors from a tuning outfit.
That’s what I thought too
They’re just the standard road car panels then

Mr. Potato Head

1,100 posts

164 months

Sunday 1st September
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Even the power figures are oem wikipedia

loveice

486 posts

192 months

Sunday 1st September
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cmoose said:
s m said:
article said:
this example has been modified further still to feature many of the upgrades found on the seriously potent Lupo BTC car. To that end it sports a Quaife limited-slip differential, aluminium doors, wings and bonnet, and a Konig carbon kevlar driver's seat
Think the normal road cars got alloy panels anyway rather than being an upgrade?
Or are they even lighter alloy as an upgrade part?
I doubt very much a tuning firm has tooled up metal doors and a metal bonnet. Never heard of that pretty much ever, I assume due to massive tooling costs. Composite etc, yeah, but not metal doors from a tuning outfit.
The standard road legal Lupo GTI has its unique aluminum bonnet, aluminum all four wings, aluminum doors and what’s even more impressive is that it also has a magnesium rear hatch from the 3L model. Basically, it has more unique body features than a proper M car when compared to a standard BMW. People didn’t get it then, and still don’t get it now. That’s probably why VW has never since introduced a GTI or an R model that is as special or unique. Nowadays, it’s all about huge power and add on styling bits... unfortunately people do get those.

As for the 0-60 time quoted, I don’t think it’s true. Because the standard 6-speed model of Lupo GTI can easily achieve sub 8 seconds and the pre 2002 5-speed models were ever slightly quicker as no third gear is needed. So this lightened version of race car should surely achieve something close to sub 7 or mid 6 seconds, by logic of cause.

Philplop

281 posts

119 months

Sunday 1st September
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GTI rear quarters aren’t aluminium, and they didn’t have the magnesium boot lid.

But if you count having the rear spoiler fitted, and moving the roof aerial forwards to allow space for the rear spoiler when the boot is open, every single panel on a GTI is different to the standard Lupo.

Cup cars are more of a lightly modified Lupo GTI rather than a heavily modified standard Lupo.

aaron_2000

3,077 posts

28 months

Sunday 1st September
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What a riot I bet that is to drive.

BricktopST205

539 posts

79 months

Sunday 1st September
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Gran Turismo 3.

Memories!

Baldchap

1,395 posts

37 months

Sunday 1st September
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I really like it and it might even go up in value, but I'm not prepared to buy it with my own money.

mnx42

210 posts

108 months

Sunday 1st September
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I think that looks rather nice. Like the colour and the wheels. Passed a regular one just the other day and thought how nice it looked.

Maldini35

2,155 posts

133 months

Sunday 1st September
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It’s a lovely little thing but you could be more competitive in something much cheaper in most club motorsport championships.

Not sure what you’d do with it.

Filibuster

1,176 posts

160 months

Monday 2nd September
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I had a standard Lupo GTI an absolutely loved it. As a previous poster, mentioned, people didn't get it back then and people don't get it today.
But always when a car manufacturers builds a model that allegedly appeals to the enthusiast, it doesn't sell in big numbers.

As other have stated, aluminium front wings, bonnet and doors have been standard to the normal GTI already, as has been the battery in the boot.

scottos

373 posts

69 months

Monday 2nd September
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I've seen that car in the flesh, its awesome.

I've also got fond memories of these cars from when my friend built his own clubsport-esque one, way back when. Such fun little cars and worlds apart from anything we'll ever get again.

biggrim

77 posts

120 months

Monday 2nd September
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I think all the glass on the GTi is only 3mm thick too as opposed to the standard cars 5mm. Could be wrong though.

dxg

5,368 posts

205 months

Monday 2nd September
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biggrim said:
I think all the glass on the GTi is only 3mm thick too as opposed to the standard cars 5mm. Could be wrong though.
You're not wrong and VW didn't make a big song and dance about it like <cough>Renault</cough>

sideshowfred

19 posts

28 months

Monday 2nd September
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I think this is great, just watched some videos on youtube and they look a right laugh.

The only sticking point for me would be the cost as there is a lot of other racing cars available at that price point if you wanted to be competitive. That said it would make a great track toy and probably show up a lot of more powerful cars with a good driver at the wheel.

WCZ

7,006 posts

139 months

Monday 2nd September
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the lupo gti was one of my fave cars I ever owned, the only complaint was the soft suspension

would love this but no idea what i'd do with it