2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Vw Study GT Up! is small and fast

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 13, 2011

Volkswagen will offer the new up! fitted with engines that provide power that could go as high as just 55 kW / 75 PS, which is a sensible range considering that the up! is generally driven in urban areas. However, the design of the vehicle could handle more power -- and can be desirable -- and this might be evident in the highly dynamic GT up! – the agile up! for the fast roads.

The relatively cheap GT up! weighs nearly 900 kg and has an engine that may attain a power of 100 PS. This is reminiscent of the styling of the ancestor of the sporty compact vehicle -- the first generation GTI.

When an I is added for injection, its identifier is talking about the Volkswagen icon. Meanwhile, the GT up! is competing on the same field. This concept vehicle is painted in sporty "oryx white pearl effect" color. The designers have completely revamped the front bumper and have made it completely different from the traditional up!

Instead of the centrally integrated and painted cross-wise component -- which is in metal color on the cross up! – the GT up! showcases a large, central cooling air intake with a grille in honeycomb look -- similar to the one on the Golf GTI. Moreover, there are two cooling air intakes for the brakes, and integrated in these openings are the wing-shaped LED daytime running lights.

The black door mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels with 195 tires and the painted side sills are prominent on its sides. A roof edge spoiler produces incredible downforce at the rear axle. Meanwhile, powerful sound is produced by a double flow exhaust system with two visible chrome tailpipes, one on each side.

When it comes to ergonomics, the GT up! projects a vibrant image with its anthracite colored interior. Providing a contrast to the anthracite are the "paint blue" rings around the air vent nozzles and the centre seat panels with their blue checked pattern. The upper door trim panels and dashboard are painted in a sophisticated glossy black, coordinated with the black roof liner.

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GT up! – the up! for the fast roads

Agility. Volkswagen will offer the new up! with engines whose power only ranges up to 55 kW / 75 PS. That makes sense, because the up! is primarily driven in the urban world. However, the car design could handle much more power. And that too can be desirable. Showing how such a more powerful up! might appear is the highly dynamic GT up!. Conceivably, its engine could have a power of 100 PS. Such an engine would offer drivers of the barely 900 kg GT up! more affordable driving fun than hardly any other vehicle. This would be very much in the style of the ancestor of the sporty small car – the first generation GTI. When an I is added for injection, its identifier refers to the Volkswagen icon. And the GT up! is performing on the same playing field.

Dominating. The concept car is painted in the sporty colour "oryx white pearl effect". Designers completely redesigned the front bumper. It deviates completely from the typical up! design: instead of the centrally integrated and painted cross-wise component, which is in metal colour on the cross up!, the GT up! features a large, central cooling air intake with a grille in honeycomb look – similar to the one used on the Golf GTI, for example. Outside there are two cooling air intakes for the brakes; integrated in these openings are the wing-shaped LED daytime running lights. Prominent on its sides are the painted side sills, black door mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels with 195 tyres. A roof edge spoiler generates tremendous downforce at the rear axle, and powerful sound is generated by a double flow exhaust system with two visible chrome tailpipes, one on the left and one on the right.

Ergonomics. Inside, the GT up! also projects a dynamic image with its anthracite coloured interior. Offering a contrast to the anthracite are the centre seat panels with their blue checked pattern and the "paint blue" rings around the air vent nozzles. Painted in a sophisticated glossy black are the dashboard and upper door trim panels. The black roofliner is coordinated with them.

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