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Volkswagen Up GTI vs Mk1 Golf GTI

The new Volkswagen Up GTI is remarkably similar to the original Golf GTI, both in performance and size. Here's how they compare

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Specifications: 2018 Volkswagen Up GTI

Engine size 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol

Price from Β£15,000 (est)

Power 113bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 147lb ft @ 2000rpm

Kerb weight 997kg

Power to weight 113.3bhp/tonne

0-62mph 8.8sec

Top speed 119mph

Length 3600mm

Width 1641mm

Height 1489mm


Specifications: 1977 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Engine size 1.6-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol

Price from Β£31,000 (when new, adjusted for inflation)

Power 108bhp at 6100rpm

Torque 104lb ft at 5000rpm

Kerb weight 810kg

Power to weight 133.3bhp/tonne

0-62mph 9.0sec

Top speed 113mph

Length 3705mm

Width 1628mm

Height 1390mm

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