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VW up! GTI Gets 145 Horsepower Thanks To Tuner

motor1 logo motor1 8/9/2018 Anthony Karr
a black and red car parked on the side of a building: VW Up! GTI by B&B Automobiltechnik

Make your hot hatch a real beast for just $1,753.

The smallest hot hatch in Volkswagen’s Grand Touring Injection portfolio, the Up! GTI, is surely no match for its larger brothers Polo GTI and Golf GTI, but is still a cute and quite a capable machine. Despite its tiny three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine, the Up! GTI reaches 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 8.8 seconds. But what will happen if we add more power?

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That’s probably the question the folks over at B&B Automobiltechnik have asked themselves when creating a tuning project for the vehicle from Wolfsburg. The German specialists have developed a two-stage engine program, which boosts the small car’s power output and improves its acceleration and top speed figures.

a red car parked on the side of a road: VW Up! GTI by B&B Automobiltechnik© Motor1.com/Hersteller VW Up! GTI by B&B Automobiltechnik

In level 1, the boost pressure is increased by approximately 0.2 bars, which results in increased output by 21 horsepower (16 kilowatts). Stage 2 brings an optimized intake and air inducts in combination with more boost pressure and the required engine map adaptation. This second level of engine tuning results in a total output of 145 hp (107 kW) and 192 pound-feet (260 Newton-meters) of torque – quite impressive figures for a car that weighs just 1,070 kilograms (2,358 pounds).

a red car parked on the side of a building: VW Up! GTI by B&B Automobiltechnik© Motor1.com VW Up! GTI by B&B Automobiltechnik

The engine improvements should make the Up! GTI significantly faster than in stock form. The 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) acceleration time is reduced to 7.9 seconds, while the top speed increases to over 130 mph (210 kph).

The keep the more powerful car calm on the road, B&B Automobiltechnik has also developed a sports suspension, which lowers it by about 30 millimeters. New adjustable coilovers should allow significantly higher cornering speeds and greater fun behind the wheel.

a red car parked in front of a building: VW Up! GTI by B&B Automobiltechnik© Motor1.com VW Up! GTI by B&B Automobiltechnik

What makes the studio’s package even more appealing is the fact that it comes at a very reasonable price. Stage 1 engine tuning is priced at €998 (approximately $1,156 at the current exchange rates), while the more powerful stage costs €1,498 ($1,753).

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