Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Mini
Production years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

VOLKSWAGEN Lupo GTI 2002-2005 7 Photos
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Developed to be the smallest runner in the family, the Lupo GTI was not a slow car with an aggressive look. It was a go-kart with a roof and air-conditioning.

The name Lupo came from Latin and means wolf. While the smallest car in Volkswagen's lineup was named after a ferocious wild animal, the car itself was rather bland than aggressive. It was the perfect shopping-cart with an engine in the front and a trunk that opened wide and high in the back But the GTI was something more.

The design was slightly different than on a regular puppy-wolf. It featured a new front bumper with a wide and low grille, plus a pair of air-scoops to cool the brakes or to look better. Whatever works. The 15” light-alloy wheels were fitted as standard and looked even better due to the slightly flared wheel arches. It was available as a three-door only. In the back, a roof-spoiler was added to the top of the tailgate. Not necessarily efficient, but looked cool in the parking lot.

Inside, the Lupo GTI featured the most important things for a (small) hot-hatch: chromed rings around the dials. It was not fitted with racy bucket-seats or 6-point harnesses, but with regular seats and some side bolsters. It was fitted with power-windows and climate control. The center stack featured a CD-radio as well.

The Lupo GTI was available with an inline-four that developed 125 hp from a 1.6-liter engine. That was in 2002 and some thought it was a very high power for the small and light vehicle. The rear trailing-arms suspension was the only weak point of the car. The McPherson struts in the front were good for the size of the small Lupo.

VOLKSWAGEN Lupo GTI 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.6L 6MT (125 HP)

1.6L 6MT (125 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 1.6L 6MT (125 HP)
Displacement:1598 cm3
Power:92 KW @ 6500 RPM
125 HP @ 6500 RPM
123 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque:112 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
152 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Top Speed:127.4 mph (205 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):8.5 s
Drive Type:Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox:6-Speed manual
Front:Ventilated Discs
Tire Size:205/45VR15
Length:138.58 in (3520 mm)
Width:64.56 in (1640 mm)
Height:57.48 in (1460 mm)
Front/rear Track:55.9/55.11 in (1,420/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase:91.33 in (2320 mm)
Ground Clearance:4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume:4.6 cuFT (130 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd):0.34
Unladen Weight:2149.5 lbs (975 kg)
Gross Weight Limit:2910.1 lbs (1320 kg)
City:22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
Highway:42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Combined:32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:175 g/km
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