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Volkswagen up! GTI officially detailed


First shown towards the end of last year and even tested on local soil, Volkswagen has finally revealed its long awaited up! GTI, set to make its official public debut at the annual GTI fan meet on the banks of Lake Wörthersee in Austria next week.

Expected to rival the Opel Adam S and Fiat 500 Abarth, the newest model to wear the famed GTI badge features the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine as the regular up!, but aided by a turbocharger to produce 85 kW and 200 Nm of torque. Mated to a close ratio six-speed manual gearbox and tipping the scales at 997 kg, Volkswagen claims the up! GTI will dispatch the 0-100 km/h mark in 8.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 197 km/h.

Aside from being more powerful than the original Golf GTI despite weighing more, the up! GTI also gets updated suspension, a 15 mm drop in ride height compared to the standard car, 17-inch Brands Hatch alloy wheels, unique bodykit, black mirror caps, red brake calipers, honeycomb grille and red-lipped grille with GTI badging.

Available only as a five-door, interior differences versus the standard up! consist of a leather wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, check fabric seats, round gear knob and GTI sill plates. Pricing the United Kingdom is expected to start at around £15 000 (R258 926), although it remains to be seen whether it will come to South Africa in due course.

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Posted by: Ivry Kulela
Submitted: 19-05-2017
bring it to South Africa,cannot wait for this little ranter!!!!!!