The New 2018 Volkswagen Up! GTI
As we all know, all the car manufacturers out there are creating updates and new models to their current lines. One of the manufacturers doing so is Volkswagen..they are giving us the Volkswagen Up! GTI!! I know you are thinking, just like we have been here in the office at Big Motoring World, how an earth are they making an Up!, which is city run around car that’s been around for five-years now, into a GTI?! Well, I can assure you they are!
You will be able to get your hands on the Up! GTI in early 2018, however, an official date hasn't yet been announced. It will be able to be viewed when it makes its debut appearance at the Worthersee GTI Festival next week in Austria.
So, what will the Up! GTI have, and what will it look like? Well, underneath the bonnet of the small sporty city run-around there will be a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine producing 113bhp, and will hit a top speed of 122mph...that's pretty impressive out of a such a small engine, actually the smallest in the Volkswagen GTI family! Along with this, there is a six-speed gearbox.
The exterior will have 17-inch alloy wheels, lower suspension, gloss black front grille, sporty front and rear bumpers, the GTI badging on the front and rear of the car, black stripes down the bottom of the side sills, and a spoiler for extra downforce on the rear. The Up! GTI comes in a handful of colours, such as the traditional GTI paint colours 'tornado red' and 'pure white', and also silver and black. A new colour 'costa azul' blue tint will be available too. Just think how slick you would be looking rolling down the road in this?!
Now for the interior...the trademark GTI tartan upholstery will be used to cover the cabin of the Up! GTI. A multifunctional sports leather steering wheel and GTI gear knob are two other features to be found inside. As standard, a touch screen infotainment system with a 3.1-inch screen, air-con, and ambient lighting will be included.
These little nippy city runners haven't yet been given a price tag, although VW have said it will be no more than €20,000. There has been some indication though that it will be around £14,000 to £17,000.
I think these little cars will be perfect for young first-time drivers as they are small, cheap to run, but also still look sporty enough to be the 'cool kid' on the block!