The hotted-up Up will pump out 114 horsepower and come with a manual gearbox.
There’s a reason the VW Golf GTI is one of the best-selling hot hatchbacks of all time. It’s fun, it’s relatively affordable, and it makes for a great daily driver, which we know firsthand. But the German automaker hopes that that same formula for success can be translated onto another car – the Up.
According to AutoExpress, the Up GTI will make its debut early in 2018. Since it will be limited to markets outside of the U.S., power will come courtesy of a tuned 1.0-liter 3-cylinder TSI with as much as 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts) on tap. Though it may not sound like much, its 880-kilogram (1,940-pound) curb weight will allow for a 0-62 mph (100 kmh) run of around 8.8 seconds with a manual gearbox equipped. No word on whether an automatic will be offered as well.
Similar to the Golf, the Up GTI will improve upon looks as much as it does performance. Introducing a number of distinctive features inside and out, additions like sport seats, a sport steering wheel, and sport pedals will carry over. Not to mention the signature use of red accenting on the exterior and grille that we've all grown to love.
But this isn’t the first time VW has proposed a hotter Up – it’s just the first time it’s been confirmed for production. As early as 2012, the company teased the Up GT concept with as much as 100 horsepower (74 kilowatts) available and some distinctive styling cues. It wasn't until January, though, that we saw those sketches come to fruition in the form of a concept. It looks like that concept styling will carry over into an even hotter version, slated for debut in just over a year.