She's happy to
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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Volkswagen Lupo GTI
it's meant to be an absolute scream to drive.
it looks innocuous, but has potential. A bit like a tiger cub. Cute and inoffensive to look at...but watch for the claws. Oh, and the very sharp teeth.
It was a bonkers moment of product inspiration at a time when VAG was going through one of its duller periods.
it's not trying to be even remotely cool, trendy, fashionable or of its time. Which immediately makes it ice cool.
It's a great joke. Take something as harmless as a Lupo. And lace it with iconic GTi status, based on sound principles; light weight car, big engine, tight handling.
It's off the scale cool, but it was cruelly shoved out of the limelight by more shouty-shouty small cars. That probably aren't nearly as much fun. Or as cool.
My shout? Mk1 and Mk2 Golf GTis are cool. The Polo GTis are not cool. The Lupo GTi is very, very, very cool.
An aside - I see a silver Lupo GTi every morning, driven by a lady of, shall we say, 'advancing years'; and by jimny you should see how she beams away as she whips that little GTi along! A speeding pensioner in a hot hatch, is as incongruous as a whopping engine in a Lupo. But both make me grin.
It's cool. :-)
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