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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  • Alfa159Ti 19 Jan 2012

    Those Lupo GTis were pretty rated and residuals are still strong.

    Will be interesting to see what they make of this.

  • Defcon5 19 Jan 2012

    I wonder how much more expensive it will be compared to the Twingo GT?

  • Braintax 19 Jan 2012

    This is what so many young people are looking for. Toyota/Peugeot/Citroen missed a trick by not producing a hot Aygo/C1/107!

  • Defcon5 19 Jan 2012

    They do a C1 VTR dont they?

  • OldSpeed 19 Jan 2012

    If they do a 5 door Up GT it could be a worthy successor to my Panda 100HP.

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