Sporting version of the Volkswagen Up will make the transition from concept to reality in 2013
Mark Tisshaw
28 September 2012

The sporty VW Up GT will go on sale in 2013, VW R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed at the Paris motor show.

The Up GT was one of a number of Up-based concepts VW showed alongside the launch of the standard car at last year’s Frankfurt motor show. Power comes from a 109bhp, 120lb ft version of the Up’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Other modifications include sports suspension, larger alloy wheels and tyres, a bodykit and sports seats and added brightwork for the interior.

Hackenberg also confirmed the all-electric version of the Up was on tack for launch in 2013, with a CNG version due by the end of the year. The UP will be VW’s first pure electric car; the Golf will be the next model to be turned into a pure EV.

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28 September 2012

... but it sounds like a sensible product for modern driving - more relevant that some 300hp Golf or such.

28 September 2012

This is exactly the type of car the city car segment has been crying out for. Its not going to be that fast, but if the suspension is right it will be huge fun. An no sign of a DSG either!

I hope PSA/Toyota are watching closely, the 108/C1/Aygo repalcement cant be far off, and a fun version to compete with VW would be excellent. 

 

 

28 September 2012

artill wrote:

This is exactly the type of car the city car segment has been crying out for. Its not going to be that fast, but if the suspension is right it will be huge fun. An no sign of a DSG either!

I hope PSA/Toyota are watching closely, the 108/C1/Aygo repalcement cant be far off, and a fun version to compete with VW would be excellent. 

Couldn't have said it better myself.  A definite +1.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

29 September 2012

I would have thought city traffic required a 109hp runabout about as much as a motorway needs a Renault Twizy.

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