Normally when we think of sports cars our head is going to vehicles of more than 300 HP, or 400, or even 600 HP. Vehicles dream that often exceed 100,000 euros. However, after we put our feet on the ground and we see that there can also be car sports infinitely more economic. In the case of Volkswagen, there are versions GTI that ripped off 40 years ago with the first Volkswagen Golf GTI.
in Addition to the Golf GTI and Polo GTI that are found in marketing, it has already been confirmed that relatively soon we will see these mythical) another product of the German firm. Some in the media have had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of this new member, the Volkswagen Up! GTI, though it was of prototypes, pre-series, which will not be exactly equal to the Up! GTI that we’ll see our streets, in theory, from 2018.
According to the means Coach, one of the few accredited to perform an electrical contact with the units pre-series, this little GTI will hit the market with a propellant three-cylinder, 1 liter, supercharger and 115 HP. This power is identical to that offered by the Volkswagen Golf GTI third-generation version of the 8 valves, but with the double of the displacement and an extra cylinder, and slightly higher than that of the first Golf GTI. The dimensions will also be close to those of the first generation of the iconic Golf. All this, coupled with a weight which will be about ton, could turn it into a utilitarian of the most fun and playful.
however, much we fear that will not be a sports utility end. As you can imagine, in Coach cited that these units had a few developments of the transmission, which by the way is manual, quite long in favor of seeking “fuel economy”. It will simply be a Volkswagen Up!, something more dynamic, with a aesthetic more sporty and distinctive the style of your brothers GTI, and a more powerful engine. In a nutshell, he doesn’t look like, at least for the moment, that it’s going to be a car “Track Day” for twisty race tracks.
on the other hand, our colleagues tell us that has inherited a number of elements of the Pole, such as the steering or the brake system, though adapted for the small utility German. They also talk about the suspension, which would leave the body 15 mm closer to the ground. In any case, we will wait until Volkswagen decided to present this Volkswagen Up! GTI fully tuned and know all the official data and the end of the final model.
Source – Coach