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VW waits five years to make an Up GTI, and a week after the first pictures, you’re driving it… I don’t want to get bogged down in the logistics. I want to tell you all about this car. An email arrived, asking if we’d like to spend a day thrashing a showroom-standard, production-ready, undisguised Up GTI ahead of its world debut at the Worthersee festival of VW worship and pageantry. I was quite literally on the next flight to Hannover, for a date with the car we’ve been begging VW to make since we first drove the superbly over-engineered, oddly named city car and thought ‘this would be even better with some more power…” And some tartan? Tartan on the seats, surely? Okay let’s jump straight inside. The chairs are the same one-piece cloth jobs from a normal Up. There are no big bolsters, and they don’t drop any lower, but the driving position is good. ‘Clark’ tartan is standard, and looks fabulous. You reach forward and grab a steering wheel from a Golf GTI. Flat bottom. Chunky spokes, with the buttons for radar cruise control blanked off. The Up GTI has no such gadgetry. It feels ace.