Left, right, left, right, corner, hairpin, uphill, downhill – these are the country roads in the rugged hills around Nice on the Côte d’Azur in the South of France. The up! GTI, the smallest car in the GTI family, feels right at home there. "That’s what it was built for. It eats up the corners and is maneuverable like a go-kart," says the chassis developer, Wolfgang Bartusch, and brakes. The next corner. During the test drive, he explains how you make the up! into an up! GTI; that is, into a powerful sprinter – at 3.60 meters long with 85 kW/115 bhp and a top speed of 196 km/h. "For a developer, a GTI is not only a very special assignment – it’s the crowning glory of their career!" explains Bartusch with a deep smile.