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Future classic: Volkswagen up! GTI

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Greg MacLeman of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 15: Since the ’70s, the hot hatch has developed from a humble turbocharged shopping trolley into a complex, mid-size machine with enough grunt to rival a supercar. Case in point: where the definitive hot-hatch – the original Volkswagen Golf GTI – was a pared-back pocket rocket, the current range-topping Golf R is a technologically advanced hatchback with more horsepower than a Ferrari 250GTO. Good news! The German marque has decided to go back to basics with its most recent variant – the up! GTI. Pairing low weight with moderate power, it harks back to the pioneering machines that defined the hot-hatch breed. Here’s why you should buy this future hot-hatch classic today.

A diminutive hot hatch that deserves its fabled badge

Since the ’70s, the hot hatch has developed from a humble turbocharged shopping trolley into a complex, mid-size machine with enough grunt to rival a supercar. Case in point: where the definitive hot-hatch – the original Volkswagen Golf GTI – was a pared-back pocket rocket, the current range-topping Golf R is a technologically advanced hatchback with more horsepower than a Ferrari 250GTO. Good news! The German marque has decided to go back to basics with its most recent variant – the up! GTI. Pairing low weight with moderate power, it harks back to the pioneering machines that defined the hot-hatch breed. Here’s why you should buy this future hot-hatch classic today.
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