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VW’s Smallest Hot Hatch, The New Up! GTI Goes On Sale In Germany 4
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, VW, VW Up, WLTP on 12 4th, 2017

Volkswagen has commenced pre-sales of the new Up! GTI in Germany, which starts at €16,975 (equal to $20,183).

This makes it €7,000 ($8,323) pricier than the entry-level Up! in its homeland, and it undercuts the base Golf by €1,100 ($1,308).

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.0-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 115PS (113hp) and 200Nm (148lb-ft) of torque. In this configuration, the Volkswagen Up! GTI won’t win any drag races, but it will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in a respectable 8.8sec and reach a top speed of 196km/h (122mph).

Volkswagen claims that the average fuel consumption of 5.6-5.7 l/100 km (50.4-49.6 UK mpg / 42-41.3 US mpg) has been measured based on the new Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

Its exterior is instantly recognizable thanks to a few upgrades made over the regular versions of the city car. These include the red cross-stripe in the radiator grille, which has a honeycomb pattern, double black cross stripes on the sides, high-gloss-finished side mirror casings, a red stripe at the rear, larger roof spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 15mm (0.6in) lower center of gravity.

Alongside the Pure White and Red colors, which are described as being “classic and typical of a GTI”, the range-topping Up! can also be had in Dark Silver and Black Pearl.

Designers have paid extra care to the interior as well, which features a leather sport steering wheel, GTI gear lever knob, and the famous ‘Clark’ seat pattern.


Opel To Start Publishing Closer To Real-Life Fuel Economy And CO2 Figures 16
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in opel, Opel Astra, Opel Cascada, Opel Insignia, Opel Zafira, Reports, WLTP on 12 16th, 2015

Opel will take the initiative to publish fuel economy and emission figures according to the World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), next to the standard NEDC figures starting from Q2 2016.
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