What is it?
Volkswagen was never going to wait long before coming up with a sporty version of its new A-segment entry, the Volkswagen Up, launched recently. Though the production version is at least six months away from the showrooms, even in Germany, the major spec of the Volkswagen Up GT (pictured here still as a concept car) seems quite confirmed and includes all the enhancements you'd expect: more power and torque courtesy of a turbocharger, a six-speed gearbox, bigger wheels and tyres, sportier suspension settings, more supportive front seats, some extra interior brightwork — and more aggressive nose styling to advertise it all.
The Wolfsburgers insist the exact package isn't entirely fixed yet, but our drive in the personal car of technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg's showed a high degree of maturity.
What’s it like?
In a word, it’s brilliant. The 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, now with 109bhp and an especially impressive 120lb ft of torque to pass through the gearbox (which has one more forward speed than standard manual gearbox cars) begins to sound like a baby Porsche 911 as soon as you use it with a bit of commitment, which its light but accurate controls instantly encourage you to do.