Volkswagen is going to make like Elvis Costello and pump its Up! Ill-conceived allusions aside, the Up! is getting the GTI treatment next year, and will get 114 hp out of its 1.0-liter TSI engine.

Thanks to its scale and low weight (just 2,200 lbs) the Up! GTI is expected to hit 62 mph in fewer than nine seconds.

At launch, the car will only be offered with a six speed manual, but a completely irrelevant and abhorrent DSG ‘box with some number of gears is rumored to come later.

The Up! GTI, ironically, is headed down, thanks to a lower ride height and a new suspension setup tailored for fun.

Visually, the car will look hotter thanks to some new bumpers, side skirts, wheels, and bright red brake callipers, to match the red pieces in its grille and tartan seats.

Set to hit UK showrooms early next year, buyers should expect pay about £15,000.

[source: Left Lane News ]