Volkswagen may soon have a new option on its Up! city car that involves forced induction, as new reports suggest that the automaker will launch a turbocharged version with 100 horsepower.
Previewed by the GT Up! concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the more potent version of the Up! would benefit from the turbocharged three-cylinder engine found in its larger cousin the Volkswagen Polo, in which the engine produces 100 horsepower through a 5-speed manual gearbox. And though 100 horses doesn’t seem like much, consider the fact the current Up! is only available in 59 and 74 horsepower models.
But even with the increased power, the Up! will still be down on power compared to city cars offered by competitors, For instance, the upcoming Smart ForTwo Brabus or RenaultSport Twingo each pack roughly 130 horsepower. The boosted Up! would, however, dust the current 89 horsepower version of itself.
Unfortunately, the Up! won’t hit U.S. shores any time soon. But we wish that it did.