As a city car, the Volkswagen Lupo was in production between 1998 and 2005. It was introduced into the Volkswagen model range to fill the gap in the lineup caused by the Polo. The first Lupo was a badge-engineered version of the SEAT Arosa which came out in 1997, both vehicles using the A00 platform. A three-door hatchback, the Lupo followed a front-engine layout complemented by a front-wheel-drive system. The car takes its name from an Italian word meaning wolf. This is also a reference to Wolfsburg, a city in Germany where the Lupo was assembled.
When the Lupo first came out, it was accompanied by a range of petrol and diesel engine options. This was excellent because it allowed you to choose a specific unit that would address your needs best. Along the way, a special-edition Lupo called the 3L was also released with the intention of being the first car in the world to consume just three litres of fuel to run 62 miles. To achieve this, certain changes were made on a standard Lupo, including the use of an automatic engine start/stop function, tyres with low rolling resistance, lightweight materials like magnesium alloys and aluminum, a Tiptronic gearbox, and a 1.2-litre three-pot diesel engine with direct injection and turbocharger capabilities. The inclusion of the 3L increased overall value to be enjoyed from the Lupo lineup.
The Lupo GTi got even better reception, thanks to being an affordable little firecracker. It was cheap to insure but powerful, with a 1.6-litre 126bhp engine that let the car go from 0 to 60mph within 7.7 seconds before hitting 120mph. It was also a looker, with its sports seats, chrome-rimmed dials, polished steel pedals, and a leather steering wheel. Part of the reason the Lupo GTi was such a swift machine was that it used aluminum panels, cutting kerbweight to 960kg which is nearly 200kg less than the Polo.
The new Lupo will be sitting in Volkswagen's lineup above the cheaper Dacia Logan but below the Polo. This kind of pricing scheme will hopefully attract not only first-time buyers but those looking for a second car as well. With a base Lupo rumored to be below £8200 in Britain, this would mean the car could head-on compete with vehicles like the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107, and Citroen C1.
If you're interested in the original Volkswagen Lupo, your only hope of getting one would be to buy used. Unfortunately, the original lineup stopped production in 2005 so the Lupo you've been hearing good things about is a thing of the past. Fortunately, a lot of the used Lupos on the market today have been well-loved, maintained to excellent levels that make the usual close-to-£5000 price tag a real bargain. Doubly fortunate is the fact that that the car is making a comeback. The Lupo name is being revived with a new small car called Up, though this will also extend across brands like Skoda, SEAT, and Audi as part of Volkswagen's efforts to assume market leadership around the world by 2018.
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