While the original GTI could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, the up! GTI needs 8.8 seconds. It reaches an incredible top speed of 196 km/h while the original model GTI could reach 182 km/h – an impressive feat for the late 1970s, meaning the Golf caught many sports car drivers on the autobahn by surprise when it appeared in their rear-view mirrors.
Video: The Volkswagen up! GTI meets the Golf I GTI
WLTP-proof: The most frugal GTI of all times
However, the biggest difference between the two models is in the fuel consumption, the contrast of more than forty years makes it clear. The Golf 1 GTI needed eight litres of fuel for 100 kilometres. The latest GTI, on the other hand, has a combined WLTP consumption of just 5.7 to 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres.
With the new Volkswagen up! GTI, driving pleasure has been redefined for the compact car segment, thus extending the reach of the popular GTI family. Like the original GTI and all its more recent incarnations, the new entry-level model with its GTI DNA is designed to get pulses racing in the fan community.
Pre-sales have already started. Prices in Germany start at €16,975.